Project Leader: Professor Phil Blythe
Sponsors: Technology Strategy Board (Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Programme)
Partners:Nissan, Future Transport Systems, AVID Vehicles, Smith Electric Vehicles, Simon Bailes Peugeot and Liberty Electric Vehicles
Start/end dates: 2012-2013
The North East’s Switch EV electric vehicle trial is one of eight national trials of electric & hybrid vehicles funded by the TSB’s £25m Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Programme. The programme’s primary objective is to understand what barriers there are to mass adoption of ultra low carbon vehicles such as electric cars. The Switch EV consortium has delivered 44 new and innovative electric vehicles, from 5 suppliers, on to the roads of the North East. In that time members of the general public are invited to use the vehicles for 6 months as they would their conventional petrol or diesel powered cars.
The research team from Newcastle University have equipped all the vehicles with loggers that track the vehicles and how they are driven and also monitor where the cars are charged and how much energy they are consuming. The team also meets with the drivers to understand their experiences with the cars and judge their suitability and the potential barriers to their mass adoption.