About the DTE Network+
The DTE Network+ is a multidisciplinary project which aims to address the
challenges of implementing an electrified, cost-effective and holistically operating
transport sector for the UK.
The network brings together academia, industry and the public sector to work
across the major transport divisions of automotive, aerospace and rail.
Our projects are categorised within multiple work streams and supported by the
Network Structure - Work Stream Model (WS1-WS4)
The Whole System Approach
This network aims to employ interdisciplinary solutions which are becoming ever
more required to successfully decarbonise transport.
Thus, our immediate team covers the subjects of engineering, computer science,
policy, planning, geography, economics and human factors.
Improving techno-social systems like transport will require great technical
solutions supported by policy and regulatory frameworks which are adopted by
people within appropriate business models.
We wish to contribute to the following questions:
What is the role for electrification in aviation decarbonisation?
How do we increase the use of renewable energy and exploit local energy
generation, storage and management?
How do we design and build reliable infrastructure to satisfy the future,
including with widespread bidirectional power flow?
How do we meet the ever increasing EV charging challenge, also including the
variations with mobility as a service (MAAS) and autonomy?
How do solutions very by locality i.e. rural transport decarbonisation?
Research Questions Continued
Do electric vehicles require subsidies in the UK, how are EVs incentivised more effectively to
bring upfront cost down?
What role can local and national policy/governance play?
What new business models can be employed?
How do we tailor current funding to support these new growth opportunities?
How do we control the use of big data?
How do we incentivise adoption and participation from the public?
What solutions are deemed acceptable by the general public?
Electric Powertrain DevelopmentConnected Autonomous Vehicles
Electric Taxiing - Modular Taxi-
Aviation Research Facilities
Vehicle to Grid (V2G)
Wireless Charging (Static and Dynamic)
Low Carbon Generation on Railways
COVID-19 and EV Uptake
Hybrid AC/DC Networks
Electricity Network Reinforcement
Using power electronics-based DC technology to
improve efficiency, flexibility, capacity of the existing
Accommodating more renewable energy and EVs
and therefore, speeding up decarbonisation
Interactive electric and transport networks to
improve the overall system performance and
The challenge is to supply additional power to:
1. Fixed/Known connection points. Rail
(electrified lines), Aerospace (airports and any
future eVTOL facilities), Maritime (ports & along
2. Highly distributed charging points for EVs.
Large number of charging points to be
connected. Domestic, industrial and built-up
Human Factors & Planning
Big Data & Cyber Security Economics
Policy and Governance
One of the frustrations of urban transport systems is the
lack of coordination between mobility provision and
individuals. We need to know how to get from A to B as
easily as possible, and by which mode. In the past we
didn’t have enough data to know. Now we do, and we all
have connected smartphones to help us visualise it all. It
was therefore essential to bring experts in computer
science within this Network+
The future of mobility will likely require a significant
behavioural shift and redesign of our communities. Our
team within the DTE Network+ are pursuing research
into these issues. To successfully decarbonise, we must
quantify the public's ability to engage in new transport
schemes, evaluate users perceptions and expectations
through effective communication, collaboration and
Transport policy, infrastructure planning, and
infrastructure deployment will require effective
governance. Policy making at national, regional and local
level will play a significant part. Sustainable regulatory
design is being explored within the DTE Network+
through interdisciplinary collaboration. Please view our
recent publication on EV uptake and its relation to policy
later in this slide pack.
All of the techno-social advance made by this network
will be in vein without solutions being grounded in
commercial viability. Moreover, effective structuring for
policy/regulatory incentives is paramount to help nudge
the decarbonisation agenda. Check our website soon for
an upcoming publication regarding if EVs in the UK need
DTE Network+ Launch Event
Recently Quentin Wilson helped us to
deliver our launch event at Cardiff Hilton
Hotel, he is most widely known as a
presenter of Top Gear, Fifth Gear and
Britain's worst driver. Please listen to his
thoughts on the urgent need and wide
possibilities for electric vehicle usage
expansion in the UK.
Rongqiu Song and Dr. Dimitris Potoglou
Are Existing Battery Electric Vehicles Adoption Studies Able to Inform
Policy? A Review for Policymakers https://www.mdpi.com/2071-
Prof. Patrick Chi-Kwong Luk, Hayder A. Abdulrahem, Bing Xia
Low-cost high-performance ferrite permanent magnet machines in EV
applications: A comprehensive review
Dr. Georgina Santos and Sebastian Rembalski
Do electric vehicles need subsidies in the UK?
Accepted to Energy Policy
Framework and Consultation Document https://dte.network/reports