SBRI: Improving access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure

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Up to £180,000 is available from the Scottish government as to support innovative solutions for improving access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

The Scottish government has committed to almost complete decarbonisation of the road transport sector by 2050. A major element of this transformation will be a shift towards the electrification of road transport, with electric vehicles making the most immediate impact. Key to encouraging adoption of electric vehicles is improving access to charge points.

Working in partnership with Transport Scotland, they are seeking innovative solutions to ensure the deployed charging infrastructure meets the needs of the Scottish population and is universally accessible. They are interested in solutions that will be demonstrated in Scotland, but can be rolled out and be impactful globally.

Total fund available is up to £180,000.

Proposals should address one of the following challenge areas:

  • Challenge 1 - How might we use technology to tackle electric vehicles public charging points misuse, specifically bay-hogging and ICEing (parking in a space intended for electric cars, without making use of, or having any need for, the charger)
  • Challenge 2 - How might we use technology to ensure electric vehicles charging is accessible to drivers with disabilities?

The current call is for Phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition.

Phase 1 involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to explore the challenges and to develop and demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of solutions to them. It is anticipated that Phase 1 funding will be up to £30,000 (including VAT) per contract for up to three contracts per challenge area for a maximum of 12 weeks duration with a completion date of 26 March 2021.

Phase 2 will involve R&D contracts being awarded to businesses chosen from the successful Phase 1 applicants, to develop a prototype and undertake field-testing in Scotland. It is anticipated that three Phase 2 contracts of up to £200,000 (including VAT) each will be awarded for up to 12 months. Phase 2 funding details are only indicative at this stage.

Access the full competition details on the Public Contracts Scotland website.

Deadline for applications is 11:00 on Monday 7 December 2020.

First published 14 October 2020