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Delivering Electromobility: A shared challenge

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Colin Herron, Dr Kheng-Lim GohORCiD, Professor Phil BlytheORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a report that has been published in its final definitive form by Newcastle University, 2022.

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Introducing zero emission battery electric vehicles is crucial for Singapore and the UK to reduce domestic Green House Gas Emissions. Academics and stakeholders have been working on the challenges of electric vehicle adoption and charging infrastructure for years, and there is an opportunity for cross-learning between Singapore and the UK. To facilitate this, a workshop will be organized, bringing together academic, government, and industry stakeholders from both countries to share knowledge, identify research gaps, and explore collaboration potential. The workshop, led by NTU and Newcastle University, aims to invite key industry and government bodies to participate. Discussions are ongoing with funders such as UKRI and NRF to host the event. The outcome will be a brief report outlining the insights, challenges, and knowledge gaps that could be addressed through coordinated joint research. Five crucial thematic areas have been identified for the workshop, including understanding recharging behavior, training for new technologies, the battery ecosystem, addressing climate change impacts, and the role of fleets in electromobility. Each topic within the workshop has interdependencies, starting with policy considerations, followed by technology selection, and then the determination of charger types, volumes, and locations. Success for the workshop lies in providing a platform for key stakeholders, including organizations, industry players, and funding agencies, to meet and discuss areas for collaboration. Defining specific problems to be solved is essential, as the UK may have encountered challenges not yet apparent in Singapore due to lower adoption rates. Additionally, understanding driver behaviors with the latest vehicles and charger technology requires further research. The partnership between UK and Singapore organizations and government agencies can be driven through strategic dialog, highlighting topics for funding and successful deployment, as well as exchanging best practices with other government bodies. Technical collaboration can be facilitated through research projects funded by UKRI, involving A*STAR institutes, Singapore universities, and relevant stakeholders. The partnership can attract foreign investment, contribute to phasing out fossil fuel vehicles, build expertise for net-zero transport, and validate current EV infrastructure strategies. By leveraging this workshop and fostering collaboration, the aim is to accelerate the transition to electromobility, address research challenges, and advance sustainable transportation goals in both Singapore and the UK.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Herron C, Goh KL, Blythe P

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title:

Year: 2022

Print publication date: 23/04/2022

Online publication date: 23/04/2022

Acceptance date: 23/04/2022

Institution: Newcastle University

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/114f-zv53

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Contents: Working paper