Cenex has an established track record of undertaking research activities aimed at demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of deploying electric vehicles within fleet operations and providing practical guidance for fleet managers looking to introduce them.

Cenex’s electrification work includes:


The InclusivEV project, a pan European, Climate KIC funded Parthfinder Project, has investigated the potential for electric vehicles to be used to tackle transport poverty and reduce private transport emissions in outer city communities.

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Ebbs and Flows of Energy Systems (EFES)

EFES is a 2.5 year project which is part-funded by Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. It provides a basis for the development of a variety of technologies including vehicle-to-grid (V2G), building energy management systems (BEMS) and a virtual power plant (VPP). These technologies are being developed to explore the impact electric vehicle could have on the future of UK electricity demand and supply.

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Intelligent Transport, Heating and Electrical Control Agent (ITHECA)

ITHECA will run for two and a half years and is funded by Innovate UK to explore the impact a variety of generation technologies will have on localised energy systems. The project focuses on three key areas; district heating supply, combined heat and power generation (CHP) and electricity generation and use. Cenex are looking to identify the benefit in utilising electric vehicles as movable electricity battery stores to help re-distribute peak electricity demand and feneration, as such providing money saving opportunities to generators and consumers. This will be achieved through modelling and real world testing of a vehicle-to0grid system installed at Aston University.

The project partners include; Aston University’s European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), Cofely, Cenex and Open Energi. For more information, click here.

EV Lite

EV-Lite is a 2 year project funded by Innovate UK, which aims to enable mass market electric vehicle technology by reducing the mass of lithium-ion battery packs. The project is led by The Manufacturing Technology Centre and the consortium was formed of Unipart Manufacturing, Electrovaya, RDVS, CRR, Loughborough University, Cenex and Bluebird Innovation Group.

The project created a light weight low cost battery pack, designed specifically for volume manufacturing. A whole life planning approach was adopted so that waste reduction could be achieved by designing the battery pack for disassembly and manufacturing.

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Electrification of Transport

Cenex and Arup were commissioned by the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR, now Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) and the Department for Transport (DfT) to investigate the scope for the transport sector to switch to vehicles powered through electricity from the grid in the period until 2030.

For more information on the Electrification of Transport report, click here

Plugged in Fleets

A collaboration between Cenex, The Climate Group and the Energy Saving Trust, the Plugged-In Fleets report demonstrates the economic and environmental benefits of employing electric vehicles in fleet operations and provides practical guidance for fleet managers looking to introduce them, including:

  • The complete range of financial and operational incentives for fleet EV uptake
  • The ‘sweet spots’ that help EVs bring commercial advantage
  • The steps needed to assess the EV business case, company to company

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EV Studies Seminar

Although there is enthusiasm from a wide range of stakeholders for the take-up of low carbon vehicles there is an ongoing need to provide an evidence base for wider public acceptance of new technologies through vehicle deployment trials.  The approach adopted by Cenex follows technology from the laboratory to the test track through to real-world fleet deployment to yield a uniquely comprehensive evidence base for low carbon vehicle performance.  As part of these activities Cenex held a seminar in conjunction with the Millbrook Proving Ground on Electric Vehicle Studies.

The event addressed four aspects of testing and operation that influence electric vehicle performance:

  • Driver style and duty
  • EV range testing
  • Traffic flow
  • Drive cycle standards and issues

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