|The Plug-in Vehicle Economics and Infrastructure Project is a core element of Electrification of Transport within Test Bed UK. The ETI will utilise the outputs of the project to support, inform and facilitate effective long-term benefits from the investments being made around the UK. The two primary objectives are:
The Electricity Distribution and Intelligent Infrastructure project is comprised of six Work Packages. This Executive Summary covers Work Packages 2.2, 2.3 and 2.5. The purpose of these three Work Packages was to:
- 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 finance model options across a number of key plug-in vehicle type/size/capability points; and
- 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).
- evaluate the different ways in which recharging infrastructure may be provided in the UK and recommend the requirements for the UK deployment;
- evaluate the main cost drivers for plug-in vehicle recharging infrastructure, enabling a realistic forecast to be generated; and
- determine the regulatory, legislative and commercial issues associated with recharging infrastructure and recommend how they should evolve for the UK deployment.