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Preparing the Strategic Road Network for electric vehicles
|Portfolio:||04 Developing and delivering technology solutions (2013-14)|
|Topics:||Cooperative Highway Systems|
|Start date - End date:||1 September 2013 to 30 September 2015|
|HA Contact:||Thompson, I|
|Method of Procurement:||T-TEAR|
In the UK there is a continued move towards the introduction of wireless charging as an addition to the EV plug in charging infrastructure in the UK. To support this growing market and infrastructure for it, and government policy behind it, the Agency is investigating how the strategic road network could respond. The challenge for the Agency is to test out the feasibility of an EV battery charging system that can operate on the strategic road network. A feasability study will investigate potential solutions, which will be followed by an off road and on motorway trial
a) To investigate dynamic battery charging systems for electric vehicles on the strategic road network that will:
- Mitigate against EV’s running out of power.
- Help reduce fuel costs, thus supporting economic growth.
- Have a minimum impact on the road surface in terms of installation and maintenance.
b) Help reduce environmental impact from road users in terms of:
- Better air quality, thus reducing risk of EU fines.
- Reduced noise levels, improving quality of life of those living next to network.R
- Reduced pollution from lower tailpipe emissions (carbon).
c) To consider the financial charging mechanisms for energy received by EV owners.
d) Identify what additional services that could be introduced at the same time, supporting value added services to road users and operationally for the Agency.
A feasibility study which will be an in depth analysis of the potential for the installation of an dynamic charging system under the surface of the road where there will be fast moving traffic of cars, coaches, LGVs and HGVs with varying volumes and road conditions. It will provide the Agency with recommendations for the way forward.