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How do consumers use electric vehicles? Data from Energy Systems Catapult CVEI trials now available

Wed 09 September 2020 | Back to news list

The Energy Systems Catapult has announced that data from the 3-year Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration (CVEI) project is to be be made accessible. The project was the UK’s largest and most comprehensive set of trials on consumer behaviour and attitudes towards electric vehicles and smart charging. 
The project incorporates data from 450 mass-market consumers carrying out 584,000 miles of journeys and 15,700 charge events using electric, plug-in hybrid and petrol cars.
To coincide with World EV Day the Energy Systems Catapult has announced that trial data is now publicly available on the USMART platform.
CVEI was an innovative and ambitious project commissioned and funded by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), and delivered by a cross-industry consortium led by TRL.
Trial data now available includes:
  • Data from the Vehicle Uptake Trial where 200 mainstream consumers experienced each version of a VW Golf for four days – including conventional petrol (or ICE), fully battery-electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV).
  • Data from the Charging Behaviour Trial where 247 mainstream consumers were given either a fully battery-electric (BEV) or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of a VW Golf over a two-month period. 
The data can be used to gain insight into how mass-market consumers use and charge both battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). You can analyse the data to see how different managed-charging tariff options affect these behaviours (both user-managed charging and supplier-managed charging in different seasons).
The data also helps to understand the changes that will be required of existing infrastructure to accelerate the growth in low carbon transport.
This data is now available to access in three tiers through the USMART platform .
Visit the Energy Systems Catapult website for more information.

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