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The University of Sussex is part of a new £ 17 million research project, eCharge4Drivers, designed to improve charging stations for electric vehicles (electric vehicles).
The eCharge4Drivers project aims to offer an improved user experience in electric vehicle charging stations by offering new and improved services in the hope that it will help increase the attractiveness and convenience of electric vehicles.
Sales of electric vehicles are increasing rapidly across Europe, but drivers still regularly encounter problems in finding suitable charging options, limiting the ease of use of their vehicles and potentially placing an obstacle to the increase in the spread of electric vehicles.
Working with 32 partners in 11 European countries, the Horizon 2020-funded project will bring together key stakeholders to offer an enhanced electric vehicle charging experience and accelerate the move to electric vehicles in Europe.
As the only British partner involved, the role of the University of Sussex in the project will be to apply optimization and modeling techniques to identify the most effective ways to improve the charging experience of electric vehicles. The transition to electric vehicles, which need to be recharged, requires a change in behavior associated with new interactions with electric grids which can constitute a potential obstacle to the widespread diffusion of electric vehicles.
Peter Fussey, professor of industrial research at the School of Engineering and Informatics of the University of Sussex, said: “We are very excited to be part of this project to increase the spread of electric vehicles. Our work will draw on a wide range of pilot projects across Europe to combine technical solutions with user behavior studies to address the challenge of improving the overall charging experience of electric vehicles. “
Dr Angelos Amditis, coordinator of the eCharge4Drivers project and director of ICCS research, said: “The eCharge4Drivers project brings together 32 of the most important European players in electromobility with the aim of developing appropriate solutions to significantly improve the overall experience of the user while charging electric vehicles, and thus promoting the widespread adoption of electromobility, following the ambitions of the European Green Deal towards a zero emission transport system “.
The eCharge4Drivers project aims to substantially improve the charging experience of electric vehicles within cities and for long journeys.
eCharge4Drivers will offer an improved experience for electric vehicle drivers by providing more sophisticated services to users before, during and after the charging process, including smart charging services.
The project, which will run until May 2024, will show additional convenient charging options within cities, a mobile charging service, charging points at lampposts and networks of battery replacement stations for LEV.
By capturing users’ perceptions and expectations of the various charging options and their mobility and parking habits, eCharge4Drivers will develop and demonstrate pilot projects at ten sites across Europe, including metropolitan areas and corridors of the trans-European transport network (TEN- T).
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 875131 (Action for innovation).