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Transport for London Establishes Procurement Frameworks For Up To 8,525 Charging Points and 1,000 EVs

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.



The pdf has some great info, including the best breakdown I have seen for the cost of charging points on pg 46:
Standard Charging
6-8 hours
£0 – £3,500
Fast Charging
30 minutes – 3 hours
£3,500 – £5,000
Rapid Charging
15-20 minutes

Charging points are mainly being built in work car parks, so would charge during the day, with most early adapters having garages to charge overnight.

Other points of interest are the social profiling of how fast people change, and the average London journey distance of 10 miles, so range problems seem small! - most early adapters will be multiple car families.

Scooters are reckoned to have a lot of potential charging points like back gardens and taking just the battery indoors.


London has done it again. Very interesting to learn that some people have done their (detailed) home work and that essential electrified vehicles charging stations will be installed throughout a large city by 2015.

Lets see how many other cities will follow London's example. Similar charging stations network will be required in all cities of the world.

Time to get moving.


Just where these charge points are built will be interesting. If they build at employers, that's free equipment for employers. If in car parks, how many and what will they price the electricity at?

Overall a good move for Brits. In the States, I would think the malls will want to install free charging for validated customers. Which means less taxpayer dollars have to go to charge points.


In Silicon Valley, a local high tech store put in two charging stations for EV1s and other EVs in the 90s. It became a point of interest to all the engineers shopping for computer hardware at the time.

That is how some innovations catch on, a neighbor puts up solar panels, a fellow shopper leases an EV and charges it while shopping. Societal leadership takes many forms at the grass roots. Before long people wonder why they continue to live the same way when there is a better way.


You will find all the details of where the points are to be installed in the pdf.
22,500 are workplace, so that those who can't charge at home can charge at work instead. I would expect most employers to offer favorable deals on the electricity, which after all only amounts to perhaps £3 or so for a full charge, and the vast majority of the time as they won't have traveled 100 miles most days.
2,000 are scheduled to to built as publicly accessible charge points, at areas like transport hubs, the underground, access points to motorways for people going out of town, shopping centres and supermarkets, and car clubs, where members pick up a car for a day - there are 2,000 of these cars in London, and 70,000 members.
500 are to be on-street chargers, so they will not form a major part of the network.
As for access:
It is envisioned that the pan-London scheme
will have:
• Interoperable tags or cards accepted by all
scheme charging points
• Common branding for all scheme charging
points, with their location and availability
viewable from one website
• Standard charging point connectors
• A call centre for help and advice and to
report any issues.
(Page 38)

No doubt sat navs will be heavily integrated to show free charging points.
The first 5,000 or so should be in as early as 2012


That certainly answers the question "where is an apartment dweller going to charge it?"

I suppose the next step is to have a Zipcar-style program and park the car at a dedicated fast-charging station, so it's ready to go 20 minutes or so after it's returned. This eliminates the petroleum consumption, the emissions in the city and a large part of the parking issue too.


They are on top of that one. Again from the pdf:
70,000 Londoners are in car clubs, which have 2,000 vehicles.
They are moving to make a large part of their fleet electric, and that will constitute some of the 2,000 public access charge ports.
Paris has the Autolib system, to pick up EV cars, due to be operant in Sept 2011:

I'll let folk use the translator of their choice but it is basically saying that 3,000 vehicles will be available at 1,000 stations, 700 in Paris (the rest are in the suburbs) for 15-20 Euros a month for access to the club, plus 5 Europs per half hour, with discounts for some groups like families and students.
They reckon it will take 150,000 cars off the streets.

Also of interest to take cars off the street is the Taxibus concept:
This basically uses modern communications to enable you to phone a shared ride, which has a pick-up time of around 3 minutes and takes you to your destination - we now have the computer hardware to make this work.
Fuel cells if we can reduce the cost enough would be better in this application, although specialized EV vehicles with very beefy batteries might manage.

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