CEG8414 : Electromobility and Low Carbon Vehicles

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module will provide an understanding of the policy background and principles behind the concept of intelligent mobility. Participants will gain an understanding of the latest changes in research, legislation and technology that can be deployed. It complements the core ITS module by explaining the political and policy landscape that influence the uptake of different ITS technologies. It will achieve this through lectures (including guest lectures by experts in the field), practical sessions, and visits.
The aim of the module is to provide an understanding of the main transport challenges and their interdependencies. Lectures will explore how ITS can be used to address challenges such as
•       supporting the economy with reliable and efficient transport
•       minimising environmental impact and energy consumption
•       sustaining and extending accessibility.
Students will be exposed to the latest research into ITS technologies and their implementation including their use to promote the uptake of electric vehicles, and accessibility. The lectures will also discuss how all those technologies can be brought together in future smart cities.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Policy - Main challenges and interdependencies: Overview of how transport policy is made and scrutinised, who the key stakeholders are at international, national, regional and local level and what the big policy issues are in transport. Lectures will discuss whether policies can lead to unintended consequences or rebound effects. Students will be introduced to a systematic approach and given pointers towards strategic policy setting.
•       Standards and interoperability: Students will be introduced to standards, how they are set and the national and international bodies that are involved in setting those standards. Case studies on electric vehicle charging infrastructure will explain how important interoperability is and how it can be achieved.
•       Electric Vehicle – The issues of global warming and depletion of fossil fuel have paved opportunities to electric vehicle (EV). Lectures will discuss the environmental impact of an EV, fuel economy of an EV calculated and the future EV holds.
•       Cost benefits - Doing more for less: Lectures will provide an overview of how much is spent on transport and how the transport sector can provide more capacity in times of economic downturn. This topical aspect of ITS will focus on the challenges of developing a coherent business case for ITS systems as a whole (rather than individual ITS components) in the current economic climate.
•       Case study - Electric Vehicles: Lectures will be based on research undertaken at Newcastle University through SwitchEV, SmartCEM, RCN and LC TRANSFORM (UK-China collaboration) projects. The North East of England is one of the most advanced regions in Europe for installing EV charging infrastructure and monitoring real-world driving behaviour of 44 electric cars.
•       Accessibility: Accessibility will be taught based on the research work at Newcastle University on the Social Inclusion in the Digital Economy Research Hub. Lectures will introduce the concepts of social inclusion, safety and accessibility.
•       Smart Cities: A case study will explain how energy, ICT and transport are linked and how those networks can be run most efficiently.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Presentation and preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:309:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork15:005:00Experimental practice
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:0044:00Includes background reading and reading of lecture notes for a full understanding of the material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and a seminar are the primary means of delivering the curriculum.

Students are given a programme of reading to supplement the lectures, and are also encouraged to read round the subject as widely as possible. Due to rapid changes in national and European thinking in ITS, journal and academic publications should be augmented by the latest information from government and EU websites, as well as trade and industry publications.

A small proportion of the module will be delivered by guest lecturers who will bring extended learning from industry to benefit the group. Experimental practice will be used to underpin the lectures and to demonstrate the real world application of intelligent transport systems.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A70Unseen written examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M15Essay (approx. 1000 words)
Prof skill assessmnt1M15Individual oral presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Coursework will involve two components: individual presentations (helping to develop oral communication skills) and written assessment. The aim of the coursework is to critically address the knowledge and understanding of ITS technologies and systems, and their implementation, through individual work designed to address a significant challenge in the field of study. Students will present individually for up to 15 minutes material that has been individually researched. This exercise will be input to an individually written report that will demonstrate the student’s knowledge, understanding and wider reading.
The unseen examination is to test knowledge, understanding and interpretation of the Intended Learning Outcomes through written communication.

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