ELIPTIC project

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Could you provide an update on the ELIPTIC (Electrification of public transport in cities) project?


Answer for ELIPTIC project

Answer for ELIPTIC project

Answered By: 
The Mayor

ELIPTIC is an EU Horizon 2020 project researching whether the London Underground (LU) electricity distribution network could be used to support the charging of Electric Vehicles (EVs) including electric buses and smaller vehicles such as cars and vans in TfL's support fleet.

A desk-based feasibility study has identified a number of locations across the LU electricity network where there is the electrical capacity and a suitable connection point to support EV charging. Work has now progressed to a pilot demonstration project at TfL's Lillie Bridge depot, supplying power to charge electric support fleet vehicles. Six 7kW charging outlets have been installed and commissioned and testing will be undertaken shortly to check that a) power supplied from the LU network is sufficient and of suitable quality to support EV charging and b) EV charging has no adverse impact on the operations of the London Underground network.

If testing at Lillie Bridge is successful, the feasibility of implementing an ELIPTIC solution at a London bus garage for charging electric buses could be considered as the next stage in demonstrating larger scale use of the LU power network to support electrification of surface transport.