WP400 news: status

Updates of the latest developments in eCo-FEV´s Work Package „Test and evaluation“:

Impact assessment and transport demand analysis

In order to assess the impact of the developed systems, eCo-FEV ensured accurate working for all components. A holistic approach included analysis on the entire transport system, considering energy efficiency, environmental aspects and motorised mobility. This approach was complemented by the definition of a verification and validation plan of two test sites, the measurement of the system performances and the verification of their functionality. Thereby, a comparison with different solutions was conducted, considering both inductive (wireless) and conductive charging (by wire). Besides assessing the benefits, eCo-FEV quantified and characterised the demand.

Key findings on the demand analysis

Elements influencing the transport demand are:

1) retail price of the vehicle
2) energy cost per distance unit
3) range or autonomy
4) daily scheduling and recharging fuel options
5) maintenance cost
6) fuel-charging availability
7) user’s risk aversion
8) diversity of brands and model options

Customer surveys show users’ familiarity with EVs and an interested attitude to electric-car purchase. While economic incentives should be focused on capital costs, advantages related to operating costs are directly experienced through the use of EVs. Further findings reveal that a sales estimate for inductive charging spots can possibly be expected by 2020. Moreover, CWD technology might spread mainly after 2020, especially in market segments such as public transport.

eCo-FEV specific features with larger impacts on the demand

- More user-friendly technology, e.g. no plug-in cables

- Less range anxiety with the CWD

- Advantages in operating costs: less cost of electric charging and actual power available at the wheels

- Potential of eCo-FEV services to improve the daily time scheduling