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The Ministry of Justice: the fleet that’s charging ahead

Case Study: Ministry of Justice

Installing innovative, flexible charging infrastructure to support the Ministry of Justice in the electrification of its vehicle fleet.

Project Overview 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) issued a tender through the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) dynamic purchasing system to procure electric vehicle charging infrastructure for 45 prison sites to support its growing number of electric fleet vehicles.

Four suppliers were selected to carry out works across the 45 sites. Connected Kerb (CK) was commissioned to install its future-proofed charging solution across seven of the sites; a total of 25 charging points, each rated at 22kW.

The challenge: delivering an innovative charging solution to a high standard within a short timeframe and a high security environment.

The Ministry of Justice sought to install charging infrastructure across a considerably large number of sites within a short timeframe.

The solutions needed to be a high-quality, cost-effective chargers, suitable for fleets, that were future-proof and flexible to new technologies, but with minimal ongoing upgrades required.

Connected Kerb was awarded the project at the end of December 2020.

The high security environment posed additional challenges, including restricted working hours and increased security checks, as well as extra safety measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The solution: installing future-proofed, cost-effective charging infrastructure that is simple to use and easy to maintain.

The suppliers chosen had transparent rate schedules, robust technical specifications and enhanced health and safety measures, making the planning stages as efficient as possible and releasing bandwidth for the additional considerations involved in managing works within a high-security location.

Connected Kerb selected VolkerSmart Technologies as installation partners to carry out works across the seven sites. The project team undertook electrical surveys prior to the works taking place and bespoke designs were then produced based on the findings.

Connected Kerb also liaised with Volker and the MoJ’s project management team in weekly project meetings to ensure the delivery remained on track.

Further, in delivering a successful installation for the fleet charging purposes sought by the Ministry of Justice, the technology installed needed to be innovative, reliable and future-proof.

The unique design of the CK system sees the bulk of the charging components sitting beneath the ground, while only discreet charging sockets are visible above ground, complementing the surrounding landscape.

Connected Kerb’s technology is also long-life and flexible to upgrades and new technologies – the infrastructure installed across MoJ sites today can support technologies, such as wireless charging, when these become the preferred solution tomorrow.

This design minimises ongoing maintenance and additional construction activities. Moreover, should maintenance be required, operations are swift, and uptime is maximised – an especially crucial benefit for the Ministry of Justice, where operations occur within a highly sensitive location.

Conclusion

Connected Kerb’s installations across MoJ’s sites are an example of how long-life charging infrastructure can be deployed efficiently within sensitive locations and during abnormal circumstances.

This project demonstrates that if planned and managed effectively, charging solutions for fleets, tailored to the bespoke needs of the client, can be implemented successfully.

Projects like MoJ’s can pave the way for other British organisations to join in electrifying their vehicle fleets, in turn cutting emissions and improving air quality for people across the UK.

The Ministry of Justice has plans to expand its charging infrastructure deployments in future.