ESB in pole position on London EV network
ESB will play a key part in the rollout of an electric-charging network in London, underpinning the electrification of 20,000 vehicles within a decade in one of the largest projects of its type in Europe.
The state energy company has been appointed to a Concessionaire Framework, as part of a major Transport for London (TfL) initiative to provide rapid-charging infrastructure and services for electric vehicles in the city.
ESB will have the ability to bid for up to 300 sites across London, which have been selected by TfL, for the installation of rapid-charge points.
TfL, which operates and regulates all public transport in London, aims to reduce emissions by electrifying public transport, including the entire taxi fleet. From January 1, it introduced new licensing requirements mandating newly-registered black cab taxis to be zero-emission capable.
To enable this, TfL committed to developing 300 electric vehicle (EV) rapid-charging sites by 2020. Over the past 15 months ESB successfully progressed through the procurement process and was appointed along with four others to the TfL Framework.
"This was a rigorous process, competing with large utility and electro-mobility providers from across Europe," said an ESB spokeswoman.
"It is a recognition of ESB's world-leading experience in building and managing EV charge-point networks - including the Irish EV charging system which consists of 1,200 public charge points across the island.
"Given its scale and prominence, this contract is set to become one of the largest EV charging infrastructure projects in Britain and Europe."
Sunday Indo Business