Baringa supports ultra-low emissions vehicle project

24 September 2015

Baringa Partners has been appointed by the Energy Technologies Institute to provide strategic support to its Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration programme, an initiative aimed at examining the full deployment potential of ultra-low emissions vehicles in the UK.

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a public-private partnership between energy and engineering businesses and the UK Government.* ETI has been established with the goal to accelerate the development of low carbon technologies. The partnership does this by bringing together engineering projects that “develop affordable, secure and sustainable technologies to help the UK address its long term emissions reductions targets as well as delivering nearer term benefits.”

Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration
One of these projects is the Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration (CVEI) project, which has been set up to examine how to deliver mass deployment of ultra-low emissions vehicles (ULEVs) in the UK. The CVEI will provide details of the market structures and business propositions needed to transition to ULEVs, as well as understanding on how consumers might respond to different offerings relating to vehicles, their fuelling and charging. The goal of the project is to provide insight into how technology and market structures can be effectively integrated to achieve high volumes of ULEVs on the road.

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To run the project, ETI hired transport consultants TRL, who will be supported by Element Energy, Baringa Partners and Cenex. Consulting firm Baringa takes on the role of strategic support and will lead the central work packages in Phase One of the CVEI project. In this role, the firm will leverage its knowledge of policy and regulatory frameworks, business models, and energy systems and infrastructure and also collaborate with San Francisco-based consultancy E3 to gain experience from other international markets.

Commenting on the project, Oliver Rix, Partner at Baringa, says: “I’m really pleased that Baringa has been given the opportunity to work on this exciting project. We have a huge amount of market and policy experience and we are relishing the prospect of applying it to the transport market. The adoption of ULEVs in a way that successfully integrates with our overall energy system is critical to ensure a low-carbon economy. We’re looking forward to working with the team, putting in place a holistic and rigorous framework to make this a reality. ”

Oliver Rix and Nick Eraut

Nick Eraut, Project Manager at ETI, adds: “We have a long relationship with Baringa and have worked with them on a range of successful projects over the past few years. Their experience and strategic input will be invaluable in making the Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration project a success.”

The findings of the project will be used to inform the design for Phase Two (the major trials), which will involve over 300 plug-in vehicle users and aims at understanding consumer perceptions of different vehicles types and charging schemes.

* The partners are BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, Rolls-Royce, Shell, EPSRC, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, the Department for Business Innovation & Skills and Innovate UK.