TEV Project Teams up with Newcastle University to Create Highways of the Future


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TEV project, an initiative to advance road infrastructure and the way people travel, has announced its innovative partnership with Newcastle University.

Caroline Jones Carrick created TEV Project alongside her father, Will Jones, a battery expert and inventor, bringing their vision for a next-generation highway with the ability to charge electric vehicles as they travel. The innovative project is teaming up with the university to bring their zero-emissions concept to life.

TEV’s design allows electric cars and fleet vehicles to drive on a dedicated lane under full automatic control which will enable vastly greater passenger carrying capacities among other benefits, compared with traditional motorways.

Professor Volker Pickert, Professor of Power Electronics and Head of the Electrical Power Research Group at Newcastle University is to carry out an industrial fellowship for the next 12 months, focusing his efforts on TEV in order to take it from an idea to reality.

Volker studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Science and Technology Aachen, Germany and the University of Cambridge. He received his PhD in power electronics from Newcastle University. Since than he built up 20 years of industrial and academic experience in hybrid electric vehicles research and development, providing strong experience which will benefit TEV, especially during the development stages

He will now use his expert knowledge to carry out feasibility tests, explore the best components that can be used to make the track and speak to other innovative organisations that are passionate about the future of transportation.

Commenting on the partnership, Volker said:

“I’m hugely excited to be working on TEV. As an academic I usually just focus on the technology, however TEV offers such a holistic approach unlike no other.

“TEV addresses all the facets required to deliver a good, exciting transport solution for the future, which makes it an incredibly attractive proposition for support as we move forward.

“From my initial contacts, engineers as well as investors want to be part of it and it’s an incredible opportunity to be at the forefront of such a transformational solution that will literally change the way we live and travel.

“TEV has global aspirations and I’m honoured to be working as part of the team.”

Newcastle University also has impressive links with technology giants including Siemens, Nissan and Dyson which has its own Research & Development Centre at the university.

Caroline Jones Carrick, said:

“We are thrilled to announce the partnership of TEV with Newcastle University. With the university’s track record working with emerging technology, as well as Volker’s deep knowledge of the technology TEV employs, this is an exciting step forward for TEV Project and for more sustainable road transport.

“Volker has already started working on TEV so hopefully we have some exciting updates and announcements in the very near future that will see our idea getting closer to reality, helping TEV address the many challenges posed by car transport here and abroad.

Volker will now spend four days a week on TEV Project developing the most effective ways to turn the theory of the track into a reality.

For more information about The TEV Project, visit: http://www.tevproject.com

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