EVALU8

Project information

Project not found (Ref: 0809R3)

Location UNITED KINGDOM EAST OF ENGLAND Hertfordshire Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2011
End: 2013

Topic of the practice

Supporting the transition from fuel to EV in the transport industry

Good Practice Information

The EValu8 project aims at securing a lead position for the East of England in the UK’s take-up of electric vehicles by installing and developing an interoperable networked recharging infrastructure which is essential for the uptake of the new technology. EValu8 intended to provide 600 double-headed recharging posts across the East of England, supporting an expected fleet of some 2 000 EVs and stretching over 7 500 square miles. The goal was that all residents and businesses based in the East of England are within 25 miles of a recharging post.
The project has brought together academia, some disparate industry sectors and the SMEs group, all with a common focus on innovation: supporting the transition in the transport industry from purely fossil- fuel consumption to a greater use of electricity.
The initial part of the project was to build & install infrastructure. Evalu8 was supported by a Steering Group assembled from across industry, local authorities, energy suppliers and user groups. By mid 2014 over three hundred charging points have been installed and some high profile launch events have been organised. The charging points are interoperable with neighbouring regions.
The project has raised awareness of electric vehicles and has got SMEs talking about using electric vehicles. It has also made transport planners ask questions about electric vehicles. The initiative took 27 months and has not yet been transferred to other regions. In other regions, comparable ‘infrastructure’-driven initiatives have been introduced and experiences exchanged.

Evidence of success

Over two hundred charging points installed and interoperability was established with neighbouring regions.
The project has raised awareness of electric vehicles and has got SMEs talking about employing electric vehicles. It has made transport planners ask questions about electric vehicles. Large companies have started to talk about innovation and involving SMEs.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Keith Bevis

University of Hertfordshire

keith.bevis@evalu8-ti.org.uk

www.evalu8-ti.org.uk

Annex completed on: 10-29-2012

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