University of Sussex joins European research project to increase take-up of EVs

The eCharge4Drivers project aims to improve the EV charging experience within cities and for long journeys

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Can the experience of an electric vehicle (EV) driver pose a barrier to the uptake of the EV market?

This is one of the questions an innovative £17 million project will seek to answer in an effort to deliver enhanced user experience at EV charging stations by offering new and improved services.

The eCharge4Drivers project will demonstrate additional convenient charging options within cities, a mobile charging service, charge points at lampposts and networks of battery-swapping stations for low emission vehicles.

Working with 32 partners across 11 European countries, the EU Horizon 2020 funded project will bring together key stakeholders help to offer an improved charging experience and speed up the transition to EVs.

The University of Sussex has recently joined the consortium and will be responsible for providing techniques to improve the EV charging experience.

Peter Fussey, Industrial Research Professor at the University of Sussex’s School of Engineering and Informatics, said: “Our work will draw from a wide variety of pilot projects across Europe to combine technical solutions with studies of user behaviour to address the challenge of improving the overall EV charging experience.”