EVOLVE (Electric Vehicle fleet Optimisation for Lowering Vehicle Emissions) is a multi-disciplinary research project between the Department of Physics and the Department of Computing at Imperial College London, UK. The project started in February 2019.

Shifting transportation away from dependency on oil products and introducing innovative technologies for commuting is paramount to meeting internationally agreed climate change mitigation targets and to achieving local clean-air policy goals. Electric vehicles are considered an essential tool in this context. The demand for a rapid change towards using electric vehicles, however, brings new challenges for local communities as city infrastructures need to adapt fast. At the same time, whilst electric vehicles are typically associated with environmental benefits, they can still contribute substantially to environmental pollution if their time of charge is not well aligned with electricity generation from renewable energy resources, or if driving and charging behaviours of electric vehicles drivers abnormally reduce the lifetime of vehicle batteries. In order for electric vehicles to fulfil their role in climate protection, building and operating efficient and effective electric vehicle charging station infrastructures is crucial to accelerate their adoption in cities.

Our objective

The objective of the EVOLVE project is to develop a novel data-driven strategy for electric vehicle charging station providers to increase adoption and optimise use of electric vehicles in the Greater London area. To that end, we are working towards the implementation of a framework for assisted-charging point selection considering, among other things, optimal use of vehicle batteries to reduce emissions from the national power electric system and mitigation of urban factors such as air pollution. By supporting economically and environmentally better customer choices, the EVOLVE framework will further aid in determing ideal locations of future charging station installations in the Greater London area.