Dr David Wyatt is a Senior Technology Analyst with the IDTechEx electric vehicles team and leads IDTechEx's research into the electrification of heavy-duty vehicles. Prior to joining IDTechEx in May 2019, David was a Postgraduate Research Associate in the transitional energy strategies team based in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge.
David has a PhD from the Doctoral Training Centre in Low Carbon Technologies at the University of Leeds, which was supervised out of the Institute for Transport Studies and School of Chemical and Process Engineering. His doctoral research focused on the simulation of on-road vehicle exhaust emissions through the development of a coupled traffic simulation and instantaneous emission model. Aspects of this work have been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals. He also holds an MSc in Climate Change from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia and a BSc in Business Mathematics and Statistics from the London School of Economics.
Outside of academia, David worked for three years in Deutsche Bank London's commodities operations group as a Position Control Specialist, reconciling the exchange traded positions of Deutsche Bank's oil, gas, and power desks across the various international commodity exchanges.
David's research at IDTechEx examines the emergence of zero-emission vehicles across multiple fields including:
- Medium and heavy-duty trucks
- Fuel cell vehicles (passenger cars, vans, trucks, and buses)
- Non-road mobile machinery (construction & mining)
- Light commercial vehicles
- Aviation (particularly electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft)
He is the lead author on multiple reports in these topic areas and has extensive experience of forecasting market growth, technology benchmarking, and competitive landscape analysis. The quality of David's research has seen it picked up by numerous media outlets and he has been interviewed by the likes of the Telegraph, Forbes, Reuters, Wired, and TechCrunch. He regularly gives presentations for IDTechEx at both domestic and international conferences.
David's postdoctoral research at Cambridge investigated the technical and financial challenges of bus fleet electrification and examined the development of autonomous shuttle services.
His PhD research investigated on-road vehicle exhaust emissions; the impact of road grade on vehicle emissions; and portable emission measurement system (PEMS) analysis, exhaust emission modelling, and traffic network simulation.
David also has a background in climate change research. A one-year taught master's degree at the Climatic Research Unit at UEA provided the opportunity to study both climate change science and the social, economic, and political impacts of climate change, under the tuition of a number of the UK's leading climate scientists.