Procurement starts for the Go Ultra Low Nottingham Charge Point Network

There have been recent significant developments into the Go Ultra Low Nottingham Charge Point Network Project. A key element is the roll out of a publicly accessible electric vehicle charging network, and just before Christmas 2016, Nottingham took another important step closer to getting the charge points in the ground.

This is an exciting time as the City Council is now into the process of procuring a charge point provider that can offer the total package of installation, operation, maintenance and back office management of the network.  On the 23rd December 2016 Nottingham issued the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) to the charge point provider market. We will now use the PQQ stage to narrow down the number of interested companies to a maximum of six bidders that will go through to the next stage.

Key requirements that must form part of the contract around the installation of Fast and Rapid chargers, ground works and cabling include:

  • Provision of back-office operation services, including 24/7 service, payment systems and on-going maintenance and repair
  • Ensuring a high level of network operation
  • Fast chargers will be rated at 7-22kW, with Type 2 supply side sockets
  • Each rapid charger will be capable of AC and DC charging with an AC Type 2 connector, CHAdeMO connector and a CCS connector

The Go Ultra Low Nottingham Team is currently assessing more than 80 potential charge point sites in the Nottingham area for suitability, and these will form the first phase of installations to be carried out as soon as possible after the provider has been chosen.

Bidders will be asked to submit a written response to the requirements of the contract, inclusive of face to face meetings with the Nottingham team. An evaluation will then take place with bidders invited to participate in a short dialogue to clarify initial responses in preparation for final bids.

Once the right calibre of bidders is established, invitations from the final bids will be evaluated and the best tender selected. We are aiming to be in a position to award the contract in Summer 2017.

The City Council has been busy working with colleagues in Derby City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Derbyshire County Council and also the City of Wolverhampton to ensure that they have the ability to benefit from the work  undertaken to get the current stage of the procurement process underway.

The contract will permit Nottingham City Council, and each of the other local authorities, to enter into separate “call off” contracts with the successful provider, to install charge points in their areas. Each named Council then has the opportunity to enter into separate “call-off” contracts at any point within the first five years. There are specific requirements already set out in the initial contract, making a much quicker procurement process for each local authority.

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