Electric Vehicles

One part of transport decarbonisation strategy is the transition from internal combustion engine cars and vans to electric versions. The UK government is introducing a ban on the sale of new combustion engine powered cars and vans from 2030 which will not only reduce carbon emissions but also lead to cleaner air. To facilitate this change vehicle manufactures are ramping down production of petrol and diesel powered cars and designing cars with hybrid and electric powertrains instead.

Enabling the electric transition not only requires changes to vehicle design but must also be accompanied by an overhaul of our current vehicle refuelling network to an electric charging network.

Unlike fossil fuel distribution to petrol stations, which is a standardised model across the UK, the EV charging network will be a combination of home charging points (privately owned chargers), public charging points (such as at motorway service stations) and destination charging (at points of interest such as supermarkets). The ratio between these types of charging will differ depending on geographical factors such as population size, proportion of households with driveways and journey purposes. The strategic and technical decisions of where to put chargers, how fast the charging needs to be and when to facilitate the necessary infrastructure upgrades to the electric grid are all major tasks to be undertaken.

In addition, the carbon lifecycle of an electric vehicle is far different to a traditional internal combustion engine vehicle. There are more embedded emissions in the vehicle due to the production of Lithium-Ion batteries but this is offset by the zero tailpipe emissions. The extent to which this is offset depends on the emissions associated with electricity production, which differs from market to market.

Connected Places Catapult is helping this transition. We released a report providing insights and recommendations into aspects such as user experience, data and standards. We have advised organisations on the future trends and necessary charging point provision, for example at railway station car parks. We are also keen to help with international uptake and developed a Market Entry Toolkit to provide companies with practical guidance on how to enter the Indian EV market, and we work alongside UK SMEs on new tools that can encourage uptake and better data, such as for the EV Assist project.

Electric Vehicles Projects

Read more about our electric vehicles projects, hear from our experts on the innovative work we are helping to accelerate in the transport sector.

Innovating for Clean Air Project Indonesia
Innovating for Clean Air Project Indonesia

Through the Innovating for Clean Air (IfCA) programme, Connected Places Catapult, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the British Embassy in Indonesia are supporting the country in its aspirations to address transport decarbonisation challenges through the adoption of e-mobility solutions and policy interventions.

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Latin America Net Zero Challenges
Latin America Net Zero Challenges

This project seeks to promote business-led research & innovation partnerships between the UK and Latin American countries to create joint solutions to stimulate the supply chain of advanced green electric vehicles further to net zero targets. Through the project we aim to create jobs, strengthen the industry in São Paulo, reduce emissions and change commuting habits.

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Transport Research and Innovation Grants
Transport Research and Innovation Grants

The Zero Emission Flight grants explore the requirements and infrastructure upgrades required at UK airports for introducing and electric-powered aircraft into general aviation and commercial airports. As well as Electric charging, storage, handling, batteries, electric distribution, and associated technologies. We are building the airports and airfields of the future.

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Air Quality Open Call: Innovating for Clean Air in India
Air Quality Open Call: Innovating for Clean Air in India

Cities worldwide are struggling with both air pollution and the proliferation of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and the wide-ranging infrastructure challenges they present. We ran a joint programme to support UK and Indian innovators in Bengaluru city to promote best practice innovation and technology exchange.

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Transport Technology Research and Innovation Grants
Transport Technology Research and Innovation Grants

The programme has delivered great successes, including using advanced carbon capture technology to decarbonise marine shipping, allowing electric vehicles with surplus energy to share and trade with others in the vicinity and the development of a machine learning model to detect potholes.

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Electric Vehicles Events

Join us as we host events that showcase the impact collaboration has on accelerating research and innovation.

Transport Innovation Expo in collaboration with DfT
Transport Innovation Expo in collaboration with DfT

From de-carbonisation to drone technology, innovation across the UK is seeing unprecedented advancements across the transport sector. The Expo brought together transport leaders, innovators and SMEs to solve current sector challenges and new strategies for growth.

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TRIG: Zero Emission Flight Support & Information Webinar
TRIG: Zero Emission Flight Support & Information Webinar

We are proud to be delivering the DfT’s 2021 Transport Research and Innovation Grants: Zero Emission Flight (TRIG: ZEF) Programme for organisations undertaking R&D of technology to help the UK aviation industry’s transition to zero emission flight.

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DfT Energy Systems Map of Transport Workshop
DfT Energy Systems Map of Transport Workshop

Connected Places Catapult is working alongside Energy Systems Catapult for the Department for Transport to map energy usage and demand by all modes of transport with a view to informing decisions on future net zero refuelling infrastructure requirements.

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Electric Vehicles News & Analysis

Join us as we host events that showcase the impact collaboration has on accelerating research and innovation.

Fleet Operators key to Electric Vehicle tipping point in the UK
Fleet Operators key to Electric Vehicle tipping point in the UK

Powertrain technologies require significant investment in new infrastructure. Electric Road System  dynamic charging and Battery electric chargers for overnight charging.

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Latest project to explore new concept of public transport on UK motorways
Latest project to explore new concept of public transport on UK motorways

A newly announced project will use autonomous technology to reimagine the UK’s motorways as an extensive public transport network using self-driving, electric vehicles and roadside stations.

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Autonomous Vehicles: Is sharing really caring for the planet?
Autonomous Vehicles: Is sharing really caring for the planet?

The UK government’s ban of sales of combustion engine vehicles by 2030 sets the path towards electrification. We have modelled all vehicles to be battery electric (BEVs)

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Electric Vehicles: Future-proofing Railway Station Car Parks
Electric Vehicles: Future-proofing Railway Station Car Parks

Facilitating the needs of EV drivers in the future presents a challenge to car park operators and planners. This report presents results of our investigations into the futureproofing of railway station car parks, and is relevant to organisations involved in the planning of new car parks or upgrading existing car parks.

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Fleet operators key to Electric Vehicle tipping point in the UK
Fleet operators key to Electric Vehicle tipping point in the UK

Fleet operators should be given the tools, information and incentives required to switch to Electric Vehicles and drive adoption of the technology, according to a new report looking into the UK EV sector published today. Fleet operators will be key to driving rapid adoption necessary to reach the government’s target of all new car sales being zero emission by 2040.

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CAV Decarbonisation Paradox Report launched
CAV Decarbonisation Paradox Report launched

CAV technology has the potential to make significant contributions to the decarbonisation of transport. However, there is a risk of negative environmental consequences if deployment and policy interventions are not carefully considered. The deployment of CAVs is likely to make significant changes to the carbon emissions associated with both the passenger and freight vehicle fleets.

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The India Electric Vehicle Opportunity: Market Entry Toolkit
The India Electric Vehicle Opportunity: Market Entry Toolkit

In India, the government is continuing to stimulate the adoption of electric vehicles to help mitigate the impact of the transport sector (which accounts for >10% of C02 emissions) through its FAME subsidy schemes and other policy interventions and incentives.

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Innovating for Clean Air India: UK-India Green Business Portfolio
Innovating for Clean Air India: UK-India Green Business Portfolio

This portfolio features 24 British and Indian companies who are bringing innovative approaches to improving and innovating for air quality (AQ), measuring pollution levels, and reducing traffic emissions by accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs)

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Innovating for Clean Air India: The Clean Air Street
Innovating for Clean Air India: The Clean Air Street

The Clean Air Street aimed to reprioritise clean mobility and showcase UK and Indian solutions while demonstrating the benefits these bring. Insights gathered from the pilots have also been used by participating government agencies to shape policies relating to air quality and electric mobility.

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