Zero and low emission vehicles and infrastructure

Zero and low emission vehicles and infrastructure

Built on decades of experience in energy and transport, Ricardo offers tailored solutions for cities to support the uptake of electric and ultra low emission vehicles. From enabling cities to develop smarter mobility solutions to contributing towards improved air quality, investment in electric and alternative fuel vehicle deployment, and infrastructure, has the potential to facilitate the growth of innovative, low-carbon cities.  

Ricardo works with cities to offer a range of electric vehicle (EV) solutions, from providing tailored advice on charging technologies and locations, to producing impact assessments for different EV and alternative fuel vehicle uptake scenarios. Our sustainable transport and energy teams work in unity to offer impartial advice on the role of smart grids, the economic impacts of electrification and the capacity to future-proof investments. We also work closely with our Air Quality team to help develop clean vehicle and charging infraststrategies that can help meet air quality improvement objectives.

Ricardo also works with charging providers, and fleet operators, advising on the planning and deployment of charging schemes. Through providing vehicle-based assessments, advising on city-specific charging infrastructure and undertaking cost-benefit analyses, Ricardo identifies effective, city-level solutions.

Case studies:

Ricardo provided recommendations for a rollout of a high-density public charging network to support EV uptake in Brighton. We worked with Pebble Power, an organisation working alongside Brighton & Hove City Council, to develop a city-wide public charging network. We identified and assessed solutions for on-street residential, destination and taxi charging,  including assessing the availability of power supply from the local grid and potential upgrade costs. Ricardo’s expertise supported Pebble Power’s innovative ideas, accelerating Brighton’s investment in infrastructure deployment and EV adoption. 

Ricardo’s modelling expertise enables cities to understand the potential impacts of enhancing EV uptake. Transport for London (TfL) commissioned Ricardo to develop a roadmap for deploying low emission vehicles in London to 2050. The roadmap included EVs, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, natural gas vehicles and vehicles powered by advanced biofuels. Ricardo produced a Life-cycle Analysis and feasibility study of alternative fuel and infrastructure options, outlined the conditions required to drive uptake and provided a trajectory for low emission vehicles to 2050. Ricardo used an adapted version of the SULTAN transport policy assessment tool it originally developed for the European Commission. The roadmap supported the Mayor of London’s high-level aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution in the city.

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