Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrators (CABLED)

  • Part of the Technology Strategy Board Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Programme
  • Putting 110 electric vehicles on the road and 36 charge posts into the public realm

The CABLED project ran from 2009 to June 2012. It showcased electric cars across Birmingham and Coventry, making ultra-low-carbon vehicles available to real users and collected data on everyday use. This was part of a UK-wide demonstrator programme, brought together by the Technology Strategy Board and involving a total of 340 vehicles, in which the West Midlands played a major role.

The widespread uptake of electric vehicles will significantly reduce carbon emissions, local air pollution and noise, however issues such as purchase price and range anxiety over longer journeys remain to be resolved before mass deployment.

Low carbon vehicle usage data

The CABLED project collected data from the vehicles to understand how they were used and assist in the planning of the further expansion of the supporting infrastructure.

Arup led the CABLED project, managed the consortium and provided two Citroen C1 EV'ies with induction charging systems developed by HaloIPT.

Compatibility and cooperation

Successful electric vehicle deployment needs absolute compatibility between the cars and the charging infrastructure. This requires close cooperation between organisations that have not historically needed to work together.

By bringing car manufacturers, the electricity supplier, the local councils and academics into one consortium, the CABLED project offered a seamless experience for the EV driver, as will be required if electric vehicles are to be successful in the future.

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  • Citroen Ev’ie vehicle outside the Arup Campus. Copyright Thomas Graham, Arup.Open gallery

    One of the CABLED vehicles: a Citroen Ev’ie with HaloIPT inductive charging technology