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London Establishes Framework Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Procurement

City will procure 8,525 charging points and 1,000 electric vehicles for the GLA fleet by 2015.

Published: 26-Mar-2010

Transport for London (TfL) has placed two notices in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) which will create the UK’s largest procurement frameworks to date for electric vehicles and electric vehicle charge point infrastructure.

The first notice relates to a contract for the provision of 8,525 electric vehicle charging points. The second notice relates to the creation of a procurement framework for the provision of 1,000 electric vehicles for the GLA fleet by 2015. The total value of the TfL electric vehicle framework is £51.6 million (US$77.5 million) for London and an additional £15.4 million (US$23.1 million) if used by other organizations.

The TfL electric vehicle charging point framework is worth £20 million (US$30 million) for charging points in London and up to £10 million (US$15 million) for charging points procured by other bodies. The two frameworks are worth a total of £97 million (US$146 million)—£71.6 million (US$107.5 million) in London and £25.4 million (US$38.1) by other bodies.

The agreements will create a shortlist of approved suppliers, making it easier and cheaper for TfL and other interested organizations to buy charge points and vehicles, and enabling orders to be placed while keeping economical bulk buying prices. The list will be open to other private and public sector bodies to use to help them progress the take up of electric vehicles quickly and for less money.

The new purchasing system forms a crucial part of Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s drive to make London the electric vehicle capital of Europe. The vehicles and charge points bought through the framework will contribute to the delivery of 25,000 electric vehicle charge points and 1,000 GLA electric vehicles by 2015.

A total of 300 electric vehicles and charging points infrastructure up to a value of £25.4 million (US$38.1 million) can be collectively purchased by other organizations making the frameworks worth nearly £100 million (US$150 million), boosting the electric vehicle market further.

Over the next 12 months, Londoners will see 1,600 electric vehicle charge points being installed across the city helping electric driving to become a common sense option for many people. By 2013 this will become 7,500 and by 2015 we want 25,000 in place. In plain terms, these procurement frameworks will allow us to drive down costs and achieve better value for money as we progress with our plans to expand vehicle usage.

—The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson
The Mayor has previously announced that a single London-wide brand for electric vehicles in the Capital will be launched so that Londoners will be able to clearly identify where a charging point is located. This will be joined by a new website providing Londoners with a one-stop-shop of information on electric vehicles and charging points including details.

A number of incentives are also being considered in addition to the Congestion Charge exemption for electric vehicles in the Capital.

The procurement frameworks to supply the 1,000 electric vehicles and electric vehicle charge points will be finalized by early 2011. Both frameworks will run until 2015.

London already leads the way with almost a quarter (1,700) of the 8,000 electric vehicles registered in the UK in the Capital. The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy, which details how TfL, with its partners, intends to increase the level of electric vehicle charging points was launched for consultation by the Mayor of London in December 2009. Consultation for the plan closed on 26 February with a final plan to be launched later in 2010.

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