CLIENT: North East Combined Authority

Challenge: The North East Combined Authority (NECA) wished to understand forecasted demand for electric vehicles, their usage patterns and charging behaviour to help inform plans for Go Ultra Low filling stations and rapid charge hubs.

Our role: Zero Carbon Futures, were commissioned following a competitive tender process, to draw on our extensive transport and infrastructure experience to undertake an Electric Vehicle demand study. The final report supported NECA in their ambition to build on their existing charging infrastructure.

The study analysed a wealth of evidence and data on vehicle and charging behaviour. ZCF began by investigating demographics, population data, travel behaviour and housing stock. Car and EV ownership were analysed against national averages to predict Low, Medium and High forecasts for potential ULEV growth in the NECA area.

Three years of charge point data across the NECA area was also analysed to understand location and peak time demand. By combining this wealth of intelligence, we were able to forecast the growth potential of the market in the NECA area and the impact that this may have on demand for charging facilities. A set of recommendations for locations for rapid charging hubs was then drawn up to support future infrastructure planning.

Finally, ZCF also analysed the potential environmental, health and economic impacts of the additional infrastructure.

The result: The development of a strategy which calculated the quantity and location for rapid charge hubs across the NECA area and their impact and demand. The result of the study was used to support a subsequent ERDF application.

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