Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrator (CABLED)

Project information

Index: 0787R2
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Innovation, research and technology development
Location UNITED KINGDOM WEST MIDLANDS Birmingham/Coventry West Midlands Start/End date of the practice
Start: 01/06/2009

Topic of the practice

Renewable energy

Good Practice Information

CABLED project will make Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles available to a wide cross section of real world users and collect data on their everyday use. The primary aim of this project is to show that ultra low carbon vehicles are now a practical alternative to conventional cars in urban environment. This also includes a show case of 110 low carbon vehicles, infrastructure requirements, and to evaluate real world usage data to allow final development.
• Deliver a showcase demonstration of 110 ultra low carbon vehicles across Birmingham and Coventry in West Midlands. These will be a cross-section of vehicles; 2 seater, 4 seater and SUVs. They will be powered using battery electric, hydrogen fuel-cell, plug-in hybrid and induction charging technology.
• Deliver the infrastructure required both in the users' property, in workplaces, and in public areas. The charging infrastructure will be a conventional plug in system currently deployed elsewhere in the UK.

• Allow a large number of available charging point locations and thus vehicle usage of a diverse nature. A range of users with varying driving patterns will be recruited from a diverse socio-economic background.
• Collect data to measure vehicle performance, infrastructure usage patterns, impacts and requirements with a minimum 12 months experience of seasonal conditions from all vehicles.
• publicise the benefits and progress of low carbon vehicles
The funding for this project is part-funded by the Technology Strategy Board with support from Advantage West Midlands, with the consortium members coming from Institutes includes, Coventry University, University of Birmingham, Aston University and companies including Micro Cab, TATA, SMART, Mitsubishi Motors, Jaguar and E-on. CABLED is one of eight of these demonstrator programmes with a total budget of £25 million.

Evidence of success

a) Clear projects objectives throughout the project
b) Investigates the costs of the mass uptake to develop along with the attendant environmental and economic benefits.
c) Catalyst to develop the supply chain in the midlands for the electric car components
d) To raise the UK profile and encourage overseas companies to look to the Uk for component supply and potentially vehicle build

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Sue Heath/David Wick

Coventry University Enterprise Limited,

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