Information Sheet – Socio-Technical Research by the Open University Team

We would like to invite you to take part in a study assessing the feasibility of installing wireless electric vehicle chargers in residential areas with limited access to off-street parking. Links for the various surveys available for the locations selected for the On-Street Residential Induction Charging demonstrator will be published in this page as each location goes live during Summer 2021.

Before you decide whether to take part or not it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please consider the following information carefully – and please do also ask if you require any more information.

What is the purpose of the study?

The past decade has seen rising interest by government and industry actors in supporting the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by domestic and commercial users. This project will explore the technical and business cases and potential societal benefits of deploying wireless charger infrastructure for EVs in residential areas with limited access to off-street charging points.

What will the study do?

This will involve:

  1. Seeking informed opinion from potential users and lead users of EVs and other practitioners on the suitability of a public on-street network of wireless charging points in residential areas, by way of interviews;

2  Organising group discussions in order to explore the  issues that relate to commercial use of  EVs in residential areas (e.g., through car club services) how wireless infrastructure may support it.

Who is organising and funding the research?

The research is funded by InnovateUK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. The research team is led by Professor Matthew Cook; the Co-Investigator is Prof Stephen Potter and the Research Associate is Dr Alan-Miguel Valdez.

Why have I been asked to take part?

We are seeking a range of drivers, key informants in the transport industry and transport practitioners as well as community organisations and members of the public, to help us better understand the kind of measures that would support users of EVs in areas with limited access to off-street charging points.

Do I have to take part?

No. You do not have to take part. However, we believe that you have something important to contribute to our study. If you agree to take part you will be asked to sign a consent form. But please note that you will still be free to withdraw at any time and we will not ask you to give any reasons if you choose to do so. If you choose to withdraw, you must let us know by 31 January 2022 and we will destroy any data you have given us.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Benefits include being able to feed into a better understanding of the thinking, lived experiences and practicalities involved in the use of EVs, potentially resulting in policy actions to support drivers of cleaner vehicles. You may also find working with social scientists to be interesting and mutually informative.

What does taking part mean?

We will ask you to take part in one of the activities listed in the ‘What will the study do?’ section above. We ask you for your formal consent to your participation, and we will also discuss with you the kinds of data we will be collecting.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

We hope that the experience of taking part will be enjoyable. There may be a small risk that we will ask you to discuss experiences related to using technologies that were unpleasant.

How will data be collected, handled and stored?

With permission, interviews and discussion groups will be recorded, transcribed and stored on secure servers at The Open University. Field observations will be entered into notebooks and then typed and will also be stored secure servers at The Open University. All data will be anonymised, strictly confidential and will be available in the first instance only to members of the research team.  Any data held by The OU will be destroyed 5 years after the project ends.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

When we ask your consent to participate in the study, you will have the opportunity to say exactly how you want your data to be collected and used.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

The research findings are intended to inform transport policy in the UK and are also likely to be published in academic journal articles and books.

Who has reviewed the study?

This study has been reviewed and approved by The Open University’s Human Research Ethics Committee.

Who do I contact about the project?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this research you can contact the researcher –
Dr. Miguel Valdez     –         miguel.valdez@open.ac.uk ,  
the principal investigator: 
Prof Matthew Cook –           matthew.cook@open.ac.uk ,


or you can contact Prof David Sharp, who is the Head of the Department of Engineering and Innovation. His email address is david.sharp@open.ac.uk and his direct line is: +44 (0)1908 653353


This research adheres to the OU ethics review processes and has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee – Reference Number HREC/3344/Valdez