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Public Electric Vehicles recharging in the UK – is there a business case?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Phil BlytheORCiD, Josey Wardle, Dr Yvonne Chase, Dr Jane Gibbon



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by ERTICO, 2016.

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The UK has been one of the most advanced countries in Europe for the demonstration of electric vehicles (EV) and the introduction of the supporting recharging infrastructure. Much of the UK’s early-to-market EV recharging estate was created and operated under public subsidy. However, subsidies for operation of this infrastructure are now coming to an end, which is likely to affect EV drivers’ recharging behaviour. As public funding ceases the infrastructure owners must find other ways to cover the on-going costs of operation and to recover the capital investments made, in order to provide a continuing service to EV drivers. This paper gives an overview of the findings from the UK and comments on early changes in recharging behaviour resulting from reduction in subsidies

Publication metadata

Author(s): Blythe PT, Wardle J, Huebner Y, Gibbon Jane

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Intelligent Transport Systems European Congress

Year of Conference: 2016

Print publication date: 06/06/2016

Online publication date: 06/06/2016

Acceptance date: 16/03/2016

Date deposited: 16/06/2016

Publisher: ERTICO