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Reference Number NIA_UKPN0073
Title Enable
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Demographics) 40%;
Energy Efficiency(Transport) 50%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 10%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 75%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 25%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
UK Power Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2021
End Date 01 March 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £254,000
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_UKPN0073
Objectives A research project, in partnership with local authorities, and Motability to explore available data and evidence to identify the needs of disabled motorists with respect to on street charging, the location of disabled bays and the impact of their electrification on our network. This will help us to plan appropriate investment to ensure that bays can be electrified to serve our customers needs. This work can also feed into local area energy planning with councils as part of their wider on-street charging strategy. The project will combine quantitative (i.e. identifying locations) and qualitative (engaging with stakeholders to learn more about disabled motorists needs) research. Phase 1 will deliver: Landscape and stakeholder mapping to identify key stakeholders (e.g. disabled motorists, charities and organisations representing disabled people, community groups, local authorities, central government, chargepoint operators) and data sets for market sizing; Data collection; Literature, policy and practice review to identify developments and best practice in provision of accessible charging infrastructure (including existing information provision for disabled motorists) Theory of change of potential impact on the network and our role in facilitating uptake Detailed research and stakeholder engagement plan for phase 2Phase 2 will deliver: Detailed stakeholder engagement and research as per plan from phase 1 Market sizing data analysis using data collected in phase 1 Network impact modelling, potential for smart solutions, and how this fits with Local Area Energy PlansPhase 3 will deliver: A report detailing findings and next steps, including details of UK Power Networks role in facilitating uptake Development of a coordinated approach with local authorities within local area energy planning (e.g. planning tools, business models)Learning dissemination event for wider stakeholders The objectives and outcomes are: To understand the needs of disabled EV drivers, in particular those reliant on on-street parking and charging To understand the location and spread of disabled parking spaces within our area, where possible To understand the network implications of the electrification of these disabled parking spaces, and to identify an appropriate investment plan accordingly To understand the barriers to electrification of disabled parking spaces and develop an approach to overcome these To develop a coordinated approach with local authorities to serve the needs of disabled EV drivers that can be delivered within Local Area Energy Plans To identify areas for further investigation/trials
Abstract Disabled motorists who do not have access to off-street parking will require on-street charging solutions as they transition to EVs. These motorists will have specific needs, with limited flexibility on where they can park and accessibility concerns for charging solutions. If all disabled parking bays will need to be electrified, this could have a significant impact on our network. Research by Ricardo estimates that up to 1.35 million disabled drivers will be partially or wholly reliant on public charging infrastructure. If we assume, based on population, that around a third of those drivers are within our area that will be nearly half a million customers. If we know where these bays are, we can plan to ensure disabled EV motorists needs are met without any detrimental effect to our network.
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Added to Database 02/11/22