In the latest episode of CIHT's Transport Talks podcast series, we talk to Shamala Evans-Gadgil from the Research Institute for Clean Growth and Future Mobility at Coventry University about the future of electric vehicle charging. Listen in to learn about dynamic wireless charging, solar powered bus depots, skills shortages and what local authorities need to deliver public charge points.
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Electrifying our transport network is one of the key missions of the government when it comes to achieving Net Zero by 2050, but it is often met with scepticism. Are electric vehicles really sustainable? Are enough public chargepoints being delivered? Does the price of electric vehicles make zero emission driving inaccessible for many people?
However, Shamala states that scepticism is needed to drive innovation. If people don't complain about what doesn't work, the sector won't know what it needs to address.
In our conversation, we discuss what the industry has gotten right so far, where we are likely to head in the future and how to keep up with ever evolving technologies.
Shamala is a 3rd year part time postgraduate research student within the Research Institute for Clean Growth and Future Mobility at Coventry University and an experienced Senior Civil Engineer and Programme/Project Manager working as a consultant to Coventry city council. Her experience includes innovation projects in zero emission, electrification, battery storage and management; local transport plans, including network efficiency projects and waste management projects; traffic management, including traffic calming measures; general roadworks, including road geometry; and regeneration, public realm and urban environment projects.
Have you recently worked on an electric vehicle charging project? Why not enter it into the CIHT Decarbonisation Award or the CIHT Technology and Innovation Award and get the recognition you deserve. Deadline for entries is Monday 6 March 2023.
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