Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence
We bring together experts from across Cardiff University to investigate and help address the remaining barriers to the widespread introduction of electric vehicles.
The Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence (EVCE) at Cardiff University is a multi-disciplinary centre that is unique in academic electric vehicle (EV) research teams.
We bring together experts from Cardiff University School of Engineering, Cardiff Business School’s Centre for Automotive Industry Research (CAIR) and the School of Psychology to investigate and help address the remaining barriers to the widespread introduction of electric vehicles.
The barriers preventing the widespread introduction of electric vehicles are often not just technological ones, but can be due to regulations, user or potential user attitudes.
There are also potential barriers due to the new relationships along the value chain that these new technologies bring with them. These include the transition needed within the existing automotive supply chain. The future of existing suppliers less secure (e.g. valves, pistons, camshafts), while new suppliers are not necessarily used to working with automotive clients (batteries, traction motors, ICT). But they also go beyond the conventional automotive supply chain where links with energy suppliers are now increasingly valued, while the move towards connected and autonomous vehicles also creates the need for new relationships and partnerships.
All three participating Schools have a track record in various aspects of the EV value chain, including areas such as smart grids, energy demand scenarios for EVs, regulatory options and incentives, consumer barriers and incentives.
All three Schools are among the top ranking in their disciplines in the UK, the Schools of Psychology and Business in the top ten, while in global rankings, the Business School was recently ranked within the top 100 and the School of Psychology in the top 40.
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|Mourshed, Rezgui, Cipcigan, Rana||European Commission (FP7)||Multi-Agent Systems and secured coupling of Telecom and Energy grids for next generation smart grid services (MAS2TERING)||2014-2017||£396,378 and £25,284|
|Cipcigan, Jenkins, Rana, Burnap||EPSRC (with TSB)||Ebbs and flows of energy systems||2014-2017||£345,145|
|Cipcigan||Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng)||Future balancing services for high level of embedded electricity generation||2015-2016||£30,000|
|Burnap, Rana, Cipcigan||EADS UK||SCADA Cyber Security Lifecycle||2014-2016||£277,660|
|Jenkins, Wu, Cipcigan||EPSRC via Imperial College London||Economics and grid planning for smart electromobility||2013-2016||£325,170|
|Whitmarsh, Xenias, Cipcigan||European Commission||Empowering e-fleets for business and private purposes in cities (Ebridge)||2013-2016||£146,628|
|Davies, Nieuwenhuis, Cipcigan||ERDF INTERREG IVb||ENEVATE2||2014-2015||n/a|
|Cipcigan||National Grid||Energy strategy and policy||2015||£10,000|
|Cipcigan, Rana||Innovate UK||Ebb and flow energy systems||2013||£10,665|
|Cipcigan||Innovate UK||Agent-based controllers for electric vehicles and microgenerators||2012-2013||£4,560|
|Cipcigan||EPSRC||Smart management of electric vehicles||2011-2013||£93,402|
|Whitmarsh, Xenias, Cipcigan||UKERC via University of Westminster||Scenarios for the development of smart grids in the UK||2011-2013||£140,270|
|Davies, Nieuwenhuis, Cipcigan||ERDF INTERREG IVb||European network on electric vehicles and transferring expertise (ENEVATE)||2010-2013||£355,408|
|Cipcigan, Holford, Davies||EPSRC||Pathways Electric Vehicle Value Chain - Bridging the Gaps||2011-2012||£39,164|
|Ekanayake, Jenkins, Cipcigan, Wu||European Commission (FP7)||Mobile Energy Resources in Grids of Electricity (MERGE)||2010-2011||£238,55|
Research theme leader - Sustainable Transport
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Professor of Business and Sustainability, Director of the Centre for Automotive Industry Research
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College Dean of International
Professor of Performance Engineering
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