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TEV ON BBC RADIO SCOTLAND

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On 26 October we were thrilled – and more than a bit daunted – to be invited for a live interview with Kaye Adams on her BBC show to discuss our project. Check out the archive link to hear it. We’re at 2:45:22

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06k94bp

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THE SCOTSMAN: “TEV PUTTING DRIVERLESS CARS BACK ON TRACK”

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A whirlwind of interest seems to be spinning around TEV at the moment so it was an exciting time to share what we’re up to in an interview with Alison Campsie for The Scotsman.

Her piece about the TEV Project’s latest plans was published in The Scotsman, appearing both in their print edition and on their swish new online platform.

Read it here: http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/scottish-company-working-to-put-driverless-cars-back-on-track-1-3924548#axzz3qjzFITNL

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THE NATIONAL: SCOTLAND APPOINTS EXPERT IN DRIVE FOR ELECTRIC ROADS

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We’re delighted with our coverage in The National regarding Dr David Beeton’s appointment. David will will work with governments, universities and the private sector to advance the TEV project. Written by Martin Hannan the article can be read here: http://www.thenational.scot/news/scotland-appoints-expert-in-drive-for-electric-roads.5288

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SCOTTISH ELECTRIC ROADS PROJECT RECRUITS INNOVATIVE CONSULTANT

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The TEV Project, a Scotland-based social enterprise designing the roads of the future for electric transport has appointed a senior consultant to its team to drive the project forward.

David_Beeton1-150x150Dr David Beeton, managing director of Urban Foresight, a UK based think tank focused on future cities, has joined the project.

Dr Beeton will help to foster collaboration between likeminded stakeholders from universities, government and the private sector to advance the implementation of TEV.

The TEV Project integrates the latest in enabling technologies into new transport infrastructure that consists of an electrically powered road, where electric and hybrid cars can travel for thousands of miles under computer control, while continuously recharging.

Dr Beeton 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, Dr Beeton is at the forefront of UK EV innovation.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr 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.

“The car makers are embracing this as they evolve their EV offerings, but there’s still a dis-join in the infrastructure needed to support our future transport needs.

“As vehicle numbers and journeys continue to increase, we desperately need to innovate and address our transport infrastructure needs. To that end, TEV is seeking to engage with the wider transport community to generate ideas, opinions and contributions to make this happen.

“The TEV Project is attractive because it utilises technology available now, to offer a disruptive, radical, innovative solution. With TEV, cars would charge when moving autonomously at high speeds, negating any range issues and also significantly decrease fossil fuel use while cutting accidents.”

UK Project Co-ordinator 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, according to the Highways Agency, and an elevated road costs roughly 10 times more. In comparison, TEV would cost just over £1 million for the same distance and would guarantee 10 times as much traffic throughput as a single lane on normal traffic.

“Fundamentally, being a parent is my inspiration for working on this project. 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. If we don’t do something now, our children will be forced to live with the consequences.”

Founded in 2012 by US-based inventor Will Jones and his daughter Caroline Jones Carrick, TEV is a network of specially designed highway lanes that provide direct electric power to EVs as they travel under automated control. A sophisticated computer takes over control vehicles as they enter the lane, enabling close convoying and high speeds of travel, reducing congestion and travel times while dramatically cutting the risk of accidents.

The social enterprise has already attracted international attention after it presented its driverless concept to the Exploratory Advanced Research Program, a major US infrastructure event organised by the Department of Transport FHWA in late 2014.

TEV is working on bringing together car manufacturers, planners, engineers and innovators with the aim of developing a coherent strategy to address what we need to do now to accommodate the exponential increase in traffic travelling on the roads of the future.

WHAT FUELS THE “POWER OF DREAMS?”

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hondaSearch the internet and you’ll find screeds of posts and blogs about EVs, driverless cars, but very little about personal mobility, yet this is what all the big thinkers are grappling with as we try to define our future transport needs.

Honda’s Frank Paluch spoke at SAE World Congress last week taking what has at times become a sticky subject and turning it on its head. It’s not solely about making and selling cars. It’s not just about making our cars more efficient. It’s not only about addressing range anxiety. People will continue to drive vast distances be it for pleasure or business. The trick is how we enhance that travel and what we can do as a society to make it better in every way. That includes making it more cost efficient, more intuitive to the needs of the driver, less reliant on fossil fuels and ultimately improving the safety of every single journey.

Like all visionaries, Honda’s R&D President has seen beyond the clutter and noise in the short term, and has set his sights on what the future of transport could be for people seeking even great flexibility, efficiency and environmentally friendly solutions.  If we were building our infrastructure from scratch we wouldn’t design what we currently have.

Paluch’s ambition will outlive the short term policy makers. Yet he will need the backing of political decision makers to encourage a sea-change in the way we plan infrastructure going forward. Short-termism does nothing but place a temporary plaster over a wound. Until we treat the wound, the problem will keep reoccurring.

Honda is a highly respected company, with a track record to demonstrate its ability to innovate and deliver what the customer needs. As we look at future technologies that manage the scale and environmentally acceptable needs of transportation in 2050, we welcome bold thinkers.

Though disruptive in its approach, it is not an entirely radical idea to covert one lane of the I-5 for highly automated, connected vehicles, going at high speed and even powered by alternative fuels. As well as offering an initiative that moves societies beyond the age of oil, it will also makes our societies more responsive and safer.

BETTER ROADS WITH TEV?

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Better Roads reviews the TEV Project’s new animation favourably and asks: are Tracked Electrical Vehicles the future of transportation?

Check out the full article here: www.equipmentworld.com/tracked-electric-vehicles-the-future-of-transportation/

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TEV & URBAN FORESIGHT ON BBC RADIO SCOTLAND

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bbc-radio-scotland-150x150 BBC Radio Scotland invited transportation experts to their studios on February 13, with David Beeton of Urban Foresight weighing in for the TEV Project on a debate surrounding urban mobility. That’s our kind of Valentine’s Day! The piece came after the Institute of Economic Affairs said in a controversial report published days earlier that it was ‘viable’ to convert some London commuter rail lines into bus lanes. www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b051vzqt

MAG SAYS “DYNAMIC CHARGING LIKE TEV IS ON THE WAY”

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its-format-150x150 With an increasing need to use electric vehicles in city centres to reduce pollution, David Crawford took an in-depth look at solutions to power delivery including TEV.

This article appeared in print and online in the leading international magazine for traffic management and urban mobility ITS International.

www.itsinternational.com/categories/location-based-systems/features/dynamic-charging-boosts-electric-

BBC AUTOS: “TEV’S AN ELECTRIC AVENUE!”

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WOW! We were utterly thrilled when BBC Autos headlined TEV last month as its main feature, calling it “a true electric avenue” in its awesome, in-depth article on the project. Written by BBC journalist Ken Wysocky, this article can be viewed outside the UK here:

www.bbc.com/autos/story/20141119-the-tev-project-a-true-electric-avenue

Note for UK readers: due to the BBC’s complex web content viewing rules, UK based internet users will be unable to access the above link without a proxy. Below is an example of a free proxy. Simply paste the link above into a proxy’s address bar to view it.

www.uswebproxy.com

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NEW TEV ANIMATION SPARKS INTEREST

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In an article appearing in The Positive called Revolutionising Transportation Links TEV’s newly launched animation is featured.

The animation shows the simplicity of TEV infrastructure by demonstrationg how it would be possible to replace an existing conventional highway or motorway lane with the ultra high-capacity TEV lane capable of ten times the traffic.

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