New guide launched to help councils procure EV charging equipment

The Transport Technology Forum (TTF) has published a short guide to assist local authorities in procuring electric vehicle charging equipment at the roadside.

The TTF’s EV Charging Infrastructure Working Group’s 12-page document has been put together to help authorities successfully procure both the technology and the charge point operators, and explains different procurement models, including the concession, lease, landlord and own and operate models. The differing roles of stakeholders are explained in relation to each procurement model.

It takes authorities through applicable laws and regulations before helping them define their EV charging infrastructure requirements, then presents a typical EVCI Tender Document Format.

The procurement guidance follows last year’s publication of a simple starter guide aimed at helping local authorities understand the challenges around delivering on-street charging networks for electric vehicles.  As with that document, the latest assistance is delivered with the support of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).

“Procuring EV charging infrastructure requires a different approach to other roadside equipment that authorities will be very experienced in buying,” explained Shamala Evans-Gadgil, EV Programme/Project Manager at Coventry City Council who led the drafting of this guidance. “As with our starter guide, this document is about empowering local authorities, especially those who haven’t started yet, to begin this journey and provide that initial kick-start document to help them build their EV network.”

The TTF guide is designed as a starting point for authorities to understand the process, who within their organisation should be involved and some of the potential pitfalls. They can then refer to more detailed guidance which is referenced within the document.

Image courtesy of TTF.

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