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Research Interests

My primary interest has been the development of technical policy and regulatory frameworks, more specifically the establishment of the evidence base, identifying performance requirements and developing assessment methodologies. The initial focus was on promoting innovation in vehicle structural design to improve road safety improvement (an example being the development of a crash test for improved vehicle structural performance in car-to-car collisions), but has since extended to include the low carbon vehicle technologies required for climate change mitigation. I see my role in collaborative research as bringing innovation to the way that we evidence, measure and assess performance of new vehicle technologies, thus ensuring that technology is developed in a direction that provides a high benefit ratio. 

In support of the above I have provided the following overview my career within the motorsport sector, the Transport Research Laboratory and Cardiff University. 

Motorsport Engineering and Vehicle Design - Dr Davies has worked for a number of vehicle constructors and suppliers to the motorsport and specialist vehicle sector. Dr Davies was a member of the design team for vehicles entered into the Le Mans, US Indy Car and the Japanese Formula Nippon race-series. 

Vehicle Safety and Biomechanics – Dr Davies has been involved with the development of the next generation of anthropometric test devices, the development of safety standards for vehicle occupants and improvement of the protection of vulnerable road users.

Transport Policy - Of critical importance to the success of alternative vehicle technologies (such as those being developed in the University) is creating the appropriate policy environment and regulatory framework into which they can be deployed. Dr Davies has established and led on strong cross-disciplinary research, linking engineering with economics/business to undertake qualitative and quantitative analysis leading to the formulation of recommendations for policy and regulation.


Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, Brunel University


  • HE Transportation and Communications
  • TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics

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Projects 2003 2020

IEA HEV-TCP: Task 41, Electric Freight Vehicles

Davies, H., Schmid, S., Deniz, Ö., Mueller, W., Aufdereggen, S. & Çatay, B.


Project: Research

IEA HEV-TCP: Task 32, Small Electric Vehicles

Davies, H., Schmid, S. & Vinkx, L.


Project: Research

Research Output 2003 2019

5 Citations (Scopus)
Electric vehicle
European countries
19 Downloads (Pure)

Intelligent Hydrogen Fuel Cell Range Extender for Battery Electric Vehicles

Wu, D., Ren, J., Davies, H., Shang, J. N. & Haas, O., 24 May 2019, In : World Electric Vehicle Journal. 10, 2, 19 p., 29.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Hydrogen fuels
Fuel cells
Electric batteries
Light trailers

Numerical Validation of the Pedestrian Crossing Speed Calculator (PCSC) using Finite Element Simulations

Rubrecht, B., Bastien, C., Davies, H., Wellings, R. & Burnett, B., 1 Aug 2019, In : Global Journal of Forensic Science & Medicine forensic. 1, 4, 11 p., GJFSM-19-RA-525.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Ped-elec: Development of a New Value Chain Approach to the Provision of an Urban Mobility Solution

Davies, H. & Turrell, O., 20 May 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

supply chain

The Use of Peak Virtual Power to Model Human Organ Trauma in Automotive Accidents

Bastien, C., Sturgess, C. N., Davies, H. & Wellings, R., 18 Sep 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

Activities 2013 2019

2nd Annual Automotive Safety Summit

Christophe Bastien (Speaker), Huw Davies (Speaker)
18 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

LowCVP L-Category Workshop

Huw Davies (Speaker)
25 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

An indicator for Head Trauma Response under impact as a function of age

Christophe Bastien (Speaker), Huw Davies (Speaker)
19 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Ethical and Procedural challenges to study Pedestrian Trauma in UK Road Traffic Collisions

Christophe Bastien (Speaker), Huw Davies (Speaker)
18 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Huw Davies (Speaker)
18 Jun 201819 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Press / Media

The car industry - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Huw Davies, Paul Nieuwenhuis & Eric Harwit


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Automotive Testing Technology International - Industry Opinion

Huw Davies


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

InMotion Ventures - Electric dreams: Unravelling the power puzzle

Huw Davies


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Automotive Testing Technology International - Industry Opinion

Huw Davies


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment