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Reference Number NIA_UKPN0060
Title White Van Plan
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Transport) 75%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 25%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 20%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 80%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
UK Power Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 July 2020
End Date 01 October 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £604,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_UKPN0060
Objectives SMEs represent a large and diverse group. This project will aim to research this group with the following steps:1. Desktop research (literature review, analysis of secondary data) to build hypothesis on SME use of transportation;2. Qualitative and quantitative primary research/data gathering to refine findings and bridge gaps;3. Segmentation of the SME group by transportation use type;4. Investigation of SME segments/archetypes and their specific needs/interests in the EV transition;5. Engagement with SMEs and development of communication strategies with this diverse group;6. Network impact assessment of the SME segments transition to EVs; and Investigation of the potential for smart solutions to facilitate this transition, and assessment of the suitability for SMEs of technical and commercial solutions under development. The steps described in “Method(s)” will be undertaken for small and medium-sized enterprises (sole traders to businesses with up to 249 employees) in UK Power Networks three licence areas. 1. Get to know the SME customer group and segment it into transportation-relevant categories. Understand their technical, operational and commercial specific needs;2. Investigate the interests and needs of SME categories in transitioning to EVs;3. Engage with SMEs to establish an efficient communication structure with each SME segment;4. Investigate the potential impacts on the network of SME transport electrification; and Investigate the potential network solutions to facilitate EV transition specific to SME segments.
Abstract Over the past few years, DNOs have been working in the EV space to understand future customer needs and potential network impacts, to ultimately develop new technical and commercial solutions enabling future EV uptake in a timely and cost-effective manner. While the needs of residential customers and large commercial fleets in the EV transition is already being studied in ongoing projects, SMEs may have different needs, and they may struggle with transport electrification if there is no tailored strategy to address the specific challenges they may experience.
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Added to Database 02/11/22