Independent and technology-agnostic, whole systems modelling helping integrate transport and energy systems

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Accelerating electric vehicles to mainstream consumers

The Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration (CVEI) model helps a range of stakeholders understand the infrastructure needs for the rapid expansion of electric cars and vans, with insight on consumers, batteries, charging and policy including taxation.

The model was developed  during the three-year CVEI project (2016-2019), which delivered unique and detailed insight on mainstream consumer behaviour with electric vehicles and the changes needed of existing infrastructure.

CVEI examined the barriers and motivators which influence consumers as they trialled a Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) or a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and an equivalent internal combustion engine (ICE) car.

The study gathered in-depth data from vehicles and charge points for 584,000 miles of journeys and 15,700 charge events, covering both home and public locations, while consumer surveys were undertaken to understand attitudes, perceptions and choices.

Government & Local Authorities

Offering transport modelling and analysis to support policy-making by government and investment decision making by local authorities.

 

Utilities & Energy Sector

Modelling electric vehicle charging to support physical, digital and market systems requirements to target effective investment

SMEs & Innovators

Modelling electric vehicles, consumer and energy integration needs to accelerate innovations to market.

Case Studies

Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration trial

The three-year Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration (CVEI) project delivered unique and detailed insight on mainstream consumer behaviour with electric vehicles and the changes needed of existing infrastructure.

CVEI examined the barriers and motivators which influence consumers as they trialled a Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) or a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and an equivalent internal combustion engine (ICE) car.

The study gathered in-depth data from vehicles and charge points for 584,000 miles of journeys and 15,700 charge events, covering both home and public locations, while consumer surveys were undertaken to understand attitudes, perceptions and choices.

Key findings included:

  • 95% of BEV drivers and 85% with PHEV chose smart charging over dumb charging, to automatically avoid charging at times of peak grid demand or when electricity is most expensive.
  • Mainstream consumers trialling all three types of car said they were willing to pay more for BEVs or PHEVs over an ICE vehicle, as long as the savings on running costs delivered a payback in fewer than 5 years.

CVEI significantly influenced the Government appointed Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce chaired by Energy Systems Catapult chief executive Philip New.

The CVEI modelling tool and datasets – are now owned by the Catapult (see above).

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Offering independent whole energy system modelling and analysis to support industry in targeting effective innovation investment.

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