Accessible electric vehicle charging- Phase 1

Designing an inclusive EV infrastructure

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Accessible electric vehicle charging- Phase 1

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With government ambitions to phase out sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, the UK is at a critical phase of the development of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. However, to date, the needs of EV drivers with disabilities have been given limited consideration.

There are currently over 14 million people with disabilities in the UK. By 2041, around 20.4 million UK residents will be aged over 65. At this point, 26 per cent of the UK’s total population will be more susceptible to a range of age-related health issues, including visual and muscular impairments.

Urban Foresight was awarded funding for a project to develop innovative solutions to the biggest challenges facing electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure accessibility.

The project explored ways to make EV charging more accessible to those with mobility impairments, and build the confidence and independence of those anxious about their ability to access EV charging in different settings.

Working in close collaboration with various disability organisations, Urban Foresight mapped out the key issues for a range of users, and designed and tested solutions, using live in-person trials across Dundee. This ensured that all solutions were needs driven and delivered impactful and affordable solutions.

The award of these projects recognised Urban Foresight’s unique and innovative expertise in collaborative working and delivering new technologies and services for cities.

The Scottish Government provided the funding through Scottish Enterprise’s Can Do Innovation Challenge framework.

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