Background

As the UK is hosting COP 26 in November and the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars is looming, many local authorities have set ambitious goals to achieve Net Zero, but they don’t always know what strategies are needed or how to deliver them. One of them being more and more looked at is the deployment of EV charging infrastructure as electric vehicles popularity is surging.

People want to charge their EV where they would naturally park and don’t want to have to drive to a location to charge it. However, more rural areas are currently under-served by EV charging infrastructure, whether at home or at work.

As a local council, it’s difficult to know where to start if you're interested in leading the charge and preparing your area for electric vehicles.

Connected Kerb teamed up with Kent County Council (Parishes and Towns) and KCS Professional Services and Energy Saving Trust to help shed some light on the best steps to take for a successful deployment during a webinar that took place in May, 2021.

Kent County Council (Kent CC) utilised the KCS Professional Services framework as the qualitative work that KCS Professional Services had done in selecting the suppliers meant that Kent CC would be able to select from suppliers who had already been vetted on quality.

The framework gave them the flexibility to explore different commercial models and run the procurement process in a flexible but compliant manner.

The ability to access central government funds mean that Kent CC have been able to put charge points in places that traditionally would not attract charge point operators. However, the combination of Connected Kerbs commitment to ubiquitous charging, and Kent CC desire to give access to all residents in Kent meant that a project was successfully implemented.

This project has set the tone for further roll outs across the county, and a template that other counties can follow to deliver EV charging points across their own counties. To find out more about how to lead the charge in electrifying rural areas, fill out the contact form to access the webinar recording.

More information below about what was covered:

OZEV funding update

In light of the recent Ozev funding update for 2021-2022, Energy Saving Trust joined forces and presented to the audience what the OZEV funding changes mean for local authorities and how to best leverage them.

Panel Discussion

These are some of the topics that were covered:

Initial Process:

  • Who should be involved in the council and critically for the procurement process?
  • Can a Parish/town council do it themselves or would we recommend a different approach?
  • How should a Parish or Town Council go about procuring electric vehicle charging?
  • How to go about EV charging points & infrastructure without having extensive knowledge in the council?

Procurement:

  • Do councils have to go through a tender process and if so, how does the process work?
  • How can a council ensure a tender if shaped the right way to select the right electric vehicle charge point provider?
  • What should the selection be based on?
  • What are the main challenges of going through procurement from the council and provider perspectives?

Funding/Commercial Models:

  • Are there existing grants available? How does funding work?
  • How to approach funding and how to factor in a “phased” installation approach?

Post procurement & Installation:

  • How does the process work once a provide win the bid to deliver on it?
  • How contractors get selected?
  • How can a provider ensure they deliver on timeline of installation and how can they ensure the launch can be successful?

Panellist Presentation

Tim Middleton, transport innovations programme manager, Kent County Council

Tim and his team are leading Kent County Council’s roll out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Kent. Kent County Council is working on a number of projects across Kent to provide a coherent charging network at all levels and ensuring even those without off-street parking will have access to chargers when needed. Tim will be able to provide detail on some of the current projects being delivered and outline future plans for Kent County Council.

Samantha Garvey, Framework Manager, KCS Professional Services

Samantha is a Framework Manager within KCS Professional Services, who she has worked for 18 months. Within her portfolio she manages Fleet, EV charging points, and some Education frameworks. She writes, advertises tenders, evaluates and awards frameworks. She liaises and meets with suppliers awarded onto these frameworks regularly, to ensure compliance. She previously worked within a blue-chip company for 20 years, working on submission of tenders, so working on frameworks is the flip side for her. She believes she’s an all-round good person and loves eating and reading (at the same time preferably!).

Stephen Rennie, Sales Director - Local Authorities, Connected Kerb

Stephen has worked in the electric vehicle industry in Scotland and across the UK for the last 10 years. Initially this was spent with the Energy Saving Trust, setting up and managing grant schemes for domestic, workplace and local authority charge points. After a period managing the transport team in Scotland, Stephen moved to consulting and delivered projects on car club feasibility, biodiesel, CNG and electric vehicles with Transport and Travel Research. After 4 successful years at Swarco, Stephen now leads up Connected Kerb’s work in Scotland and across Local Authorities in the UK – bringing experience of delivering Scotland’s biggest EV infrastructure projects across both the public and private sectors.

Gill Nowell, Director, EVA England - Moderator

Gill has 25 years’ experience across the sustainable energy, utility, and environmental technologies sectors, including many years working on electric vehicle-grid integration projects. She currently works on data-driven innovation solutions at ElectraLink, the UK’s energy market data hub, and has a track record of founding EV and environmental industry networks. In February 2019, Gill founded EVclicks – a free online EV image library for use by schools, communities, projects and businesses in aid of the transition to zero emission transport. In June 2020, Gill was selected as one of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) 2020: Sustainability and is a regular speaker and panellist on electric vehicles and data-driven transition to a low carbon, sustainable world. An advocate for electric vehicles since 2012, Gill is an EV driver and smart charger. Gill is also a founding Director of Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) England, a non-profit community interest company that was set up in lockdown 2020, to offer a voice to both current and prospective EV drivers.

Alejandra Andrade​, Project Manager, Energy Saving Trust

Alejandra is an assistant project manager at Energy Saving Trust. She is part of the team that administers OZEV’s On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS), which helps local authorities fund the purchase and installation of residential chargepoints both on-street and in local authority-owned car parks. The ORCS team at Energy Saving Trust provides support to local authorities who access the funding throughout the lifespan of their ORCS projects. Alejandra will be able to answer any questions about accessing ORCS funding and the application process, as well as provide detail about the major scheme changes that have been implemented this financial year.

If you want to find out more about how your local authority can lead the charge in electrifying rural areas, fill up the form to access the recording of the webinar that took place the 13th of May 2021.

 

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