The UK’s Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) launched a Joined-Cities Plan designed to make it easier for drivers to charge plug-in vehicles in a number of major UK cities by deploying a cost-effective and compatible network of recharging points. (Earlier post.)
The £11-million (US$18-million) plan has been created to help support the roll-out of a single national network that will ultimately enable plug-in vehicles to be easily used and recharged anywhere, including the home.
In developing the Plan, the ETI, whose aim is to accelerate the deployment of affordable and secure low carbon energy technologies, is initially working with Birmingham, Coventry, Glasgow, London, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Oxford and Sunderland.
The Plan will result in a series of recommendations and help create an environment where motorists using plug-in vehicles can easily locate and use charging points from different providers across the UK.
To enable the Joined-Cities Plan, the ETI has formed an intelligent architecture advisory group. This brings together global system integrators and major vehicle recharging network providers. Currently, this group includes IBM, Siemens, Elektromotive, Coulomb Technologies and 365 Energy.
The members provide knowledge and ‘reach’ across the majority of the major global projects associated with plug-in vehicles, and will enable the group to take a world-leading role.
The Joined-Cities Plan and the intelligent architecture group are key features of the ETI’s Plug-in Vehicle Economics and Infrastructure project announced on 16 July. The project will include an extensive evaluation of consumers’ attitudes towards plug-in vehicles and the supporting infrastructure, which will enable the ETI to determine cost effective infrastructure deployment and driver incentive strategies that will help to develop a self sustaining mass market.
The Plan complements the Plugged In Places Infrastructure Framework, to be taken forward by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, and will build on the Technology Strategy Board’s Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator program.
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a UK-based company formed from global industries and the UK Government. The ETI brings together projects and partnerships that create affordable, reliable, clean energy for heat, power and transport.
The ETI’s six private members are BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell. The UK Government has committed to match support for four further Members. The ETI’s public funds are received from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills through the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). These organizations, together with the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Transport (DfT), are engaged directly in the ETI’s strategy and program development.