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Use of ITS to overcome barriers to the introduction of electric vehicles in the North East of England

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Yvonne Chase, Professor Phil BlytheORCiD, Dr Graeme Hill, Dr Myriam Neaimeh, Craig Higgins



The SWITCH-EV trial is a large scale electric vehicle demonstrator trial, funded through the Technology Strategy Board’s Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Programme. According to responses from 107 electric vehicle drivers, the top four barriers to the widespread uptake of electric vehicles are: high purchasing price, limited driving range, limited availability of public charging infrastructure and time required to recharge the vehicle. This paper sets out to discuss how these barriers can be overcome using intelligent transport systems. Findings are based on the driving and charging behaviour of drivers of 44 electric vehicles that are monitored throughout the North East of England over 12 months. Intelligent transport systems were used to record journey start, journey length, GPS and state of charge of the battery on a second-by-second basis through data loggers that were fixed to the vehicles. Those records were combined with energy statistics from over 200 public charging points and 8 fast chargers in the region. The vehicles were placed with both individuals and as part of company fleets. In October and November 2011 alone, the vehicles drove a total of 13,660 km, with an average journey length of 10.1 km.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hübner Y, Blythe PT, Hill G, Neaime M, Higgins C

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems

Year of Conference: 2012

Date deposited: 30/11/2012