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Analysis of electric vehicle driver recharging demand profiles and subsequent impacts on the carbon content of electric vehicle trips

Lookup NU author(s): Andrew Robinson, Professor Phil BlytheORCiD, Professor Margaret Carol Bell CBE, Dr Graeme Hill



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This paper quantifies recharging behaviour of a sample of electric vehicle (EV) drivers and evaluates the impact of current policy in the North East of England on EV driver recharging patterns. 8,724 EV recharging events, constituting 22,505 hours of recharging were recorded from in-vehicle loggers as part of the SwitchEV trials in the North East of England. Altogether 12 Private users, 21 Organisation Individuals and 32 Organisation Pool users were tracked over two successive six month trial periods. It was found that recharging profiles varied between the different user types and locations. Private users peak demand was in the evening at Home. Organisation Individual users recharged primarily upon arrival at Work. Organisation Pool user recharged at Work and Public locations throughout the working day. It is recommended that pay- as you-go recharging be implemented at all Public recharging locations, and Smart Meters be used to delay recharging at Home and Work locations until after 23:00h to reduce peak demand on local power grids and reduce carbon emissions associated with EV recharging.

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Author(s): Robinson AP, Blythe PT, Bell MC, Hübner Y, Hill GA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Energy Policy

Year: 2013

Volume: 61

Pages: 337-348

Print publication date: 01/10/2013

Online publication date: 10/07/2013

Acceptance date: 21/05/2013

Date deposited: 28/03/2013

ISSN (print): 0301-4215

ISSN (electronic): 1873-6777

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.05.074


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Technology Strategy Board (TSB)