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Analysing the usage and evidencing the importance of fast chargers for the adoption of battery electric vehicles

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



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© 2017 The Authors An appropriate charging infrastructure is one of the key aspects needed to support the mass adoption of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and it is suggested that publically available fast chargers could play a key role in this infrastructure. As fast charging is a relatively new technology, very little research is conducted on the topic using real world datasets, and it is of utmost importance to measure actual usage of this technology and provide evidence on its importance to properly inform infrastructure planning. 90,000 fast charge events collected from the first large-scale roll-outs and evaluation projects of fast charging infrastructure in the UK and the US and 12,700 driving days collected from 35 BEVs in the UK were analysed. Using multiple regression analysis, we examined the relationship between daily driving distance and standard and fast charging and demonstrated that fast chargers are more influential. Fast chargers enabled using BEVs on journeys above their single-charge range that would have been impractical using standard chargers. Fast chargers could help overcome perceived and actual range barriers, making BEVs more attractive to future users. At current BEV market share, there is a vital need for policy support to accelerate the development of fast charge networks.

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Author(s): Neaimeh M, Salisbury SD, Hill GA, Blythe PT, Scoffield DR, Francfort JE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Energy Policy

Year: 2017

Volume: 108

Pages: 474-486

Print publication date: 01/09/2017

Online publication date: 27/06/2017

Acceptance date: 14/06/2017

Date deposited: 04/08/2017

ISSN (print): 0301-4215

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2017.06.033


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