Centre of Excellence contributes to European Policy
Cardiff University's Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence (EVCE) is part of the European Network of Electric Vehicles and Transferring Expertise (ENEVATE), which aims to increase electric mobility in North West Europe. The ENEVATE partnership recently launched its Road Map and policy recommendations for the future of the European electric vehicle sector at the European Parliament building in Brussels.
At the event, attended by a number of European MEPs, Cardiff University's EVCE provided a keynote address outlining the development and future direction of the electric vehicle.
The electrification of the vehicle drivetrain (the components that deliver power to the wheels) offers a viable solution for the sustainability requirements of the transport sector. However, battery electric vehicles have high costs relative to existing vehicle technologies. They also have a continued low level of consumer acceptance and there remains a question mark around the provision of recharging points.
The EVCE also presented the results of the ENEVATE activities at the preeminent Electric Vehicle Symposium in Barcelona. The International Electric Vehicle Symposium is the largest global network for the sustainable mobility industry. There is a focus on electric, hybrid, hybrid plug-in, and fuel cell vehicles. At the symposium there were 4,000 visitors from 58 different countries, 1,300 congress attendees and 232 exhibitors from around the world.
EVCE and the ENEVATE project bring together a multidisciplinary team to maximize the benefits of shared information within the university and beyond. The EVCE has used the experience of the ENEVATE activity and has recently partnered with a number of European organisations to develop intelligent incentives for clean vehicles in urban Europe with the support of the Intelligent Energy Europe programme.
For more information on the Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence, the ENEVATE project, and related research programmes please contact ENEVATE project leader Dr Huw Davies.