||Transport is one of the three large users of energy and emitters of CO2 in the UK, with energy use in Transport in excess of 600TWh/year. It is expected that without transformational change, transport energy use and emissions will continue to grow with UK population and disposable income.
For Light Vehicles, our current focus is on understanding and enabling the market for plug-in vehicles; both all electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicles. This is the Plug-in Vehicle Economics and Infrastructure Project.
The two primary objectives are:
Stage 1 will achieve this by modelling. Subsequent stages of the project will plan and implement the real-world testing of these models. This RfP is for the Consumers and Vehicles Contract within Stage 1 of the project.
- 1. Evaluate the potential role and economics of plug-in vehicles in the low carbon transport system: generate a quantified understanding of the market potential, cost models and carbon benefits case under defined scenarios of infrastructure investments, government intervention packages and financemodel options across a number of key plug-in vehicle type/size/capability points;
- 2. Develop the technology tool-kit for delivering an intelligent infrastructure: create a verified open interoperability architecture and generate information to aid infrastructure planning (e.g. to indicate how many recharging points are needed and where they should be located, what mix of power levels are required, how the impact of plug-in vehicle recharging on the electricity distribution network should be managed, how the overall system can be simplified for consumers, etc).