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Scottish electric roads project appoints leading EV consultant

A radical and innovative project, based in Scotland, that aims to develop an electrically powered road, has appointed a senior consultant to drive the program forward. The TEV (Tracked Electrical Vehicle) plan consists of an electrically powered lane, where electric and hybrid cars can travel indefinitely without the need for charging and without using their batteries. The new appointment is of Dr David Beeton (below), managing director of Urban Foresight, a UK-based think tank focused on future cities.

Founded in 2012 by USA-based inventor Will Jones and his daughter Caroline Jones Carrick, the TEV Project  is a non-profit, open-source transportation project bringing together universities, governments, companies and individuals to develop future-proof transport infrastructure. Electric cars and fleet vehicles will drive on a pre-fabricated, dedicated lane under full automatic control, allowing passengers to travel safely at high speeds and enabling much greater passenger carrying capacities when compared with traditional motorways. 

In his new role, Beeton will help to foster collaboration between likeminded stakeholders from universities, government and the private sector to advance the implementation of TEV. He has an impressive track record in developing strategies that allow transport concepts to break into the accelerating electric vehicle (EV) market. Director of E-cosse, the public-private partnership to advance EV adoption in Scotland, and leader of the EV4SCC collaboration platform for the European Commission, Beeton is at the forefront of EV innovation in the UK. Commenting on his appointment, Beeton said, “I’m delighted to join TEV at such an exciting period in the project’s lifetime. With projections showing there will be more cars built in the next 20 years than have been built ever, issues of sustainability and congestion will need to be focal to government decision-making in years to come. As vehicle numbers and journeys continue to increase, we desperately need to innovate and address our transport infrastructure needs. The TEV Project is attractive because it utilizes technology available now, to offer a disruptive, radical, innovative solution.”

UK project coordinator, Caroline Jones Carrick, said, “Dr Beeton has an impressive track record in developing strategies that allow transport concepts to break into the accelerating electric vehicle market. By bringing David on board, TEV wants to work in collaboration with others towards a shared vision for the future of roads and highways. If we were starting from scratch, we wouldn’t design a transport system which is locked in the 18th Century. From an infrastructure perspective, we know that one mile of new motorway costs on average £30m (US$47m), according to Highways England, and an elevated road costs roughly 10 times more. In comparison, TEV would cost just over £1m (US$1.5m) for the same distance, and would guarantee 10 times as much traffic throughput as a single lane on normal traffic. I want future generations to have transportation that is safer, greener, more efficient, and makes the most of the fantastic vehicle technological advances that have been developed in recent years.”

 

July 15, 2015

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