Registered in October 2010, EValu8 Transport Innovations Ltd is a company set up by the University of Hertfordshire specifically to deliver the EValu8 project. The company will oversee the installation of the innovation network and 600 plug-in posts across the East of England, the majority of which will be double recharging points.
The East of England is all set to lead the UK's development and take-up of electric vehicles after a major funding bid was given the green light today by the Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond.
The EValu8 project will install a major network of electric charging points across the region. Work on installing the network of 1,200 smart recharging points is scheduled to start in Spring next year. Projects in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Greater Manchester, and the Midlands were also given the go-ahead by Government today.
£7 million funding is now in place from partners including £3 million through the Government's Plugged in Places initiative, the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and other private and public sector organisations committed to match-funding plug-in points.
Already identified as prime locations for plug-in points are:
Particularly focussed in hot-spots in and around the eight key clusters:
|Area||Number of posts|
|Luton and Hertfordshire||105|
|Thames Gateway and South Essex||114|
|Stansted Airport||no data available|
EValu8 will link-up with existing projects to provide an integrated network of plug-in points stretching all the way from London to the north Norfolk coast, and from Milton Keynes to Felixstowe. By the end of 2013, all local businesses and residents in the East of England will be no more than 25 miles away from a recharging post.
Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond, said:
"The EValu8 project in the East of England is an essential component in the UK's roll-out of electric vehicle recharging points, providing people and businesses with the confidence to purchase electric vehicles for everyday journeys both within cities, between cities and for commuting.
Commercial electric vehicles are becoming a regular feature on our roads, with a wide and growing range of makes and models available from a number of different manufacturers.
The East of England presented a strong and compelling bid for funding and is a region capable of leading the development of electric vehicle technologies of the future."
Chief executive of EEDA, Deborah Cadman, said:
"What makes the East of England\'s EValu8 project stand out is our unrivalled potential to use this network as a test bed for cutting-edge new technologies.
The global market for electric vehicles is growing rapidly. And here, in the East of England, we have a world-renowned innovative business community with the expertise to capitalise on the opportunities by developing the next generation of electric vehicles, components and services.
Evalu8 will be the catalyst to this development and will ultimately help to accelerate the revolution in consumer culture and the take-up in electric vehicles."
Keith Bevis, Director of Evalu8, said:
"Evalu8 has enjoyed enormous support and commitment from over 100 public and private sector organisations, including all eleven of the East of England\'s local transport authorities and big industry names including Vauxhall Motors, Ford, Lotus, Ricardo, BT, UK Power Networks, BAE Systems, London Stansted Airport, Ecotricity, BRE, Millbrook Proving Ground and Visteon; plus the commitment and technology resource from FTS."
"With our own strengths as a leading entrepreneurial University and our expertise in travel planning and electric vehicle technology, we are keen to capitalise on this support. It is a great opportunity to innovate with these organisations and a host of smaller companies in the East of England to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in the region and reduce our long term oil dependency and carbon footprint."
MEP for the East of England Vicky Ford delivered the region's bid to Westminster in October 2010 and paid tribute to the strength of the public-private sector partnership:
"The East of England is crying out for infrastructure investment, so this is a welcome contribution.
The businesses and universities around the East of England are involved in cutting edge research and development of next generation cars - but all too often our bright ideas end up being produced and used overseas.
A network of charging points will enable early adopters to try out new vehicles and ensure we are not left behind."