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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute


DEI Seminar Series: Identifying the variables preventing a target based EV re-charging infrastructure, for a given city or country

24th October 2019, 13:00 to 14:00, CG60 in Chemistry, Professor Colin Herron

Cities around the world are in a transition from the incumbent method of vehicle propulsion, the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) to E-mobility. E-mobility is not a defined product, but a technology trajectory to remove ICE from transport, which in this presentation I define as cars and small vans, as in cities they are the dominant form of transport by volume.

This presentation highlights the fact that; variables and associated uncertainty, within a nascent market challenges a target-based recharging infrastructure strategy. To date every national prediction for EV volumes has failed to materialise, the reasons for this are explored and the risk of ongoing failure by setting targets. A key hypothesis is that; the current, and projected supply chain of EV is a clear constraint, together with identified variables, to make the installation of a viable infrastructure problematical. This is supported by the fact that, the majority of EV installed infrastructure to date is underutilised.

Colin Herron has worked in the automotive industry for over 45 years including 17 years at Nissan in Sunderland. In 2005, Colin joined North East England’s Regional Development Agency working with national Government to grow the automotive economy in the region and input into electric vehicle policy.

Colin launched Zero Carbon Futures (2011) as a not-for-profit, electric vehicle consultancy. The company has overseen the growth of electric vehicle charging infrastructure networks – at a regional level, and across the UK to develop rapid charge networks as well as advising towns, cities and governments on how best to adapt to the introduction of low carbon vehicles. He recently advisedthe Mayor of London and Transport for London advising on their EV infrastructure requirements to 2025.

Colin has a PhD (Newcastle) and is a visiting professor, sits on the IET’s manufacturing policy panel. Awarded a CBE (2018) for services to business and renewable energy.

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