TEV Project

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The TEV (Tracked Electric Vehicle) Project is an open source initiative proposing new, technologically advanced highways capable of handling the transportation of people and light freight more efficiently. TEV's design is a compact, electrified infrastructure that would continually power conventional, rubber tire electric vehicles such as cars, taxis, vans and minibuses and allow them to operate under software control.[1]


The concept combines the latest in enabling technologies such as driverless vehicles, dynamic charging and Smart city data modelling to propose an evolution of current highway/motorway infrastructure.

On the electrified track network (the term "track" referring to restrictive, single lanes of traffic and not rails or railway tracks), EVs would be 'autonomous' or computer-driven. This allows for vehicles to be grouped closely together, described by some as ‘convoying’ or ‘platoons’. Computer operation would allow vehicles to travel safely at high speeds.

These factors give TEV an extremely high passenger carrying capacity which, in theory, outperforms existing transportation models, including traditional roads,[2] high-speed trains and various forms of Personal Rapid Transit (PRT).

TEV is a dual mode design.[3] “Dual mode” vehicles would be capable of operating on the track as well as being driven manually on normal roads, accessing tracks via entry/exit points. Only compatible, safety-checked cars would be admitted at track entry points. “Single mode” vehicles would stay on the track at all times. Single mode vehicles would provide on-demand public transport and car sharing with stations or stops along the track network.

Designer and Founders[edit]

The TEV concept was 'soft launched' by its designer Will Jones at the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure World Congress in Berlin,[4] and following positive feedback and media coverage, TEV Project was incorporated as UK non-profit in 2014 with a commitment to developing its concept on an open source basis.

Jones is an inventor, an expert in battery design and founder of Philadelphia Scientific, a provider of products and services for industrial batteries and electrical infrastructure, operating in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific.[5]

Jones founded the project alongside his daughter Caroline Jones Carrick, a UK-based communications professional who directs the project from its office in Scotland.[5]


TEV Project was presented with the 2016 award for "Best Innovation Project" by the Smart Transportation Alliance (STA) at their annual conference and awards ceremony in Brussels. The accolade, set up by STA, celebrates key leaders and business professionals in the field of smart transport and infrastructure, recognising projects and businesses across the globe that look to inspire and advance transportation. Receiving the award at the ceremony on February 3, 2016, director Caroline Jones Carrick said, “We are thrilled to have been awarded the Best Innovation Project at this year’s STA awards...we are extremely grateful to the STA for the acknowledgement." [6]

TEV is a 2014 Spark Design & Architecture Award [7] Winner as judged by a panel of industry luminaries including the Design Director of Tesla Motors, Inc.[8]

In 2014 following coverage in the Indian media and interest from the Indian Roads Congress, the project was nominated for two Parivartan Awards honoring businesses, charities, projects and individuals creating a more sustainable India. Project director Jones Carrick was named a finalist for the Sustainability Trailblazer Award.[9]

Within months of its soft launch TEV Project was recognised by the European Union’s ‘A World You Like’ contest in 2013,[10] ranking as one of the UK winners for Europe’s most pioneering projects helping to create a low carbon society.[1][11]

Media coverage[edit]

The initiative has featured on BBC Autos, BBC Radio,[12] BBC Radio Scotland,[13] The Sunday Times, The Daily Express, The Herald,[14] The Scotsman [15] and a number of specialist environmental and transport publications, including Better Roads,[16] Sustainability Outlook India,[17] Sustainuance,[18] Plugincars.com.[2] and The City Fix,[19] The Positive,[20] Electronics Specifier[21] and more.

Project Status[edit]

The project is now developing a partnership with a leading academic institution which will be announced in April 2017. Next steps include technology development, feasibility studies, prototype development and organisational/consortium development.

The project has presented to a wide range of professional audiences, including the US Federal Highway Administration[22] over a two-day period for the Exploratory Advanced Research workshop in novel surface transportation held at Turner-Fairbank Highay Centre.[23]

In 2015 TEV Project was invited to be involved in discussions of smart mobility and EV targets relating to the Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Cluster of the Market Place of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (European Commission).[24] The TEV Project is also involved with the E-Cosse partnership, the Smart Transportation Alliance and participated in the most recent annual session of the Indian Roads Congress.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "World you like: the TEV Project". European Commission. Archived from the original on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b Motavalli, Jim. "A Plan for an Automated Electric Vehicle Highway". plugincars.com. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  3. ^ Schneider, Jerry. "Dual Mode Transportation Concepts". University of Washington. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  4. ^ "New Infrastructure Solution Will Revolutionise Electric Vehicles". The TEV Project. 2012-06-27. Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-10-07.[non-primary source needed]
  5. ^ a b "Prestwick mum-of-three is changing the way we drive forever". Ayrshire Post. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  6. ^ "TEV Project voted best innovation project". The Scotsman. 10 February 2016.
  7. ^ "International Design Competition | Spark Awards". www.sparkawards.com. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  8. ^ http://www.transport-network.co.uk/Scottish-electric-vehicle-project-up-for-international-award/11099
  9. ^ "Parivartan Awards". Parivartanawards.
  10. ^ "European Union's A World You Like Contest" (PDF). 2014.
  11. ^ "European Commission WULC competition ranking". European Commission. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  12. ^ "TEV Project interview on BBC Radio Scotland". YouTube. 2013-07-09. Retrieved 2013-10-07.[unreliable source?]
  13. ^ "26/10/2015, The Kaye Adams Programme - BBC Radio Scotland". BBC. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  14. ^ "Scots team could power change in transportation around the world". Herald Scotland. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  15. ^ Jones, Caroline (2013-07-10). "India is leading the race for greener vehicles". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  16. ^ http://www.betterroads.com/tracked-electric-vehicles-the-future-of-transportation/
  17. ^ "Sustainability Outlook". Sustainability Outlook. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  18. ^ Khajuria, Jigna (2013-07-22). "Transportation system in India can be changed with this EV project". SustaiNuance.com. Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  19. ^ http://thecityfix.com/blog/friday-fun-automated-roads-next-transport-revoultion-climate-electric-innovation-technology-iman-abubaker/
  20. ^ "Revolutionising transportation links | The Positive". thepositive.com. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  21. ^ "The TEV Project to present to the US Department of Transportation". automotive.electronicspecifier.com. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  22. ^ "Home | Federal Highway Administration". www.fhwa.dot.gov. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  23. ^ http://automotive.electronicspecifier.com/around-the-industry/tev-project-to-present-to-us-department-of-transportation
  24. ^ "Partners | Urban Foresight". urbanforesight.org. Retrieved 2015-11-05.