Post Host FAQs

Approximately 400 of the 600 recharging posts are currently committed. As long as the EValu8 project has unallocated posts remaining, any number of posts can be reserved by private and public sector organisations. As before this requires a letter of commitment. Applications for the remaining 200 posts are welcome up to the end of December 2012. The EValu8 project reserves the right to select those applications that best fit the project’s aim of serving the whole of the East of England.

We are already being approached on a daily basis regarding new installations and this is likely to increase now that the first posts are installed and active.

The total purchase and installation cost of a double headed recharging post is estimated to be up to £7,000 plus VAT, with up to £3,500 match funding contribution from the Post Host excluding VAT. From experience from both other ‘Plugged in Places’ programmes, £7,000 plus VAT is a sensible total maximum.

This is unlikely, unless there are ‘exceptional’ installation costs. Examples of exceptional circumstances could be:

    • The installation were in a Grade I Listed courtyard
    • The site is over 100 metres from the nearest supply of electricity
    • The capacity in the local supply needs to be upgraded to cater for the potential of 14kW per post.

EValu8-TI would need to cap the eligible costs at £7,000. The ‘Post Host’ then has the option of paying the excess or choosing to relocate the post to a more viable site.

This is the purpose of the site survey. It’s also why we request that reserve sites are also identified prior to the site survey being undertaken. Many sites also have multiple options for post locations. This enables as many posts as possible to be purchased and installed within budget, especially where multiple posts are being installed, both due to installation efficiencies and the opportunity for average installation costs to be used if the post host so wishes.. Where this isn’t possible, the post host has the option not to proceed with 1/more of the post installations.

This depends on who the contract is with in respect of the installation. Unless the Host negotiates to use their own contractor, it will be the manufacturer’s contractor that undertakes the installation work. Only companies who have the appropriate skills, certification and public liability insurance have been selected.

Just like so many of the hosts who are public authorities, EValu8-TI is spending public money and has to operate in the best interests of the tax paying public.

  1. As a wholly owned company of the University of Hertfordshire EValu8 Transport Innovations Ltd is obliged to use the University’s procurement procedures, which include a number of controls as you would expect.
  2. Given the size of the EValu8 project, there is a requirement to use the OJEU process for recharging posts.
  3. To speed up our start we are permitted to use Transport for London’s (TfL) Supply Framework, which has already followed the OJEU process.

The EValu8 project’s supply of installed posts is from two suppliers selected by TfL. Each post supplier has its own installation contractor. Both supplier and contractor have been through a rigorous competitive procurement process. The EValu8 team work with the post host and charging posts suppliers to identify the most appropriate supplier for each post host.

Yes, but any “wear out” repairs in years three, four and five are additional costs.

This needs to be covered by the post host’s own public liability insurance.

Yes but if there is continued vandalism we would encourage you to think of moving the post. If there is a real crunch and the post is unmanageable, repaying the OLEV grant might be easier all round. This is one step more than what is in the agreement, but it may be necessary in a limited number of circumstances.

Reporting of damage may be manual e.g. a telephone report or automatic – the posts include accelerometers to detect when they have been given a dangerous shunt. In either event the power is disabled. The manufacturer’s installer will then do the repair work on site, which could include replacement of the recharging head to ensure the recharging post is up and running again quickly.

It is the post host’s responsibility to maintain the post in a safe and functioning condition. Hence the requirement for public liability insurance,  as with other electrical street furniture and the requirement to have a maintenance contract.

The signage is not yet approved by DfT. Nevertheless, colleagues across the other Plugged in Places projects are using the same signs, to ensure common usage. This approach is being progressed with DfT to ensure their approval.

It is the branding that will appear on the post and be relevant to the recharging network. This appears in general terms in the agreement as it was still being finalised. Now we have the agreement to use Source East. The Source East site will be launched shortly. A brief summary of the branding and appearance of Source East posts will be added to this site.

The manufacturers provide crash barriers that can be included in the installation, particularly where there is no curb between the road surface and the post.

The cost of the recharging equipment and all works (surveys, materials, installation, reinstatement, etc) will be supported by a grant from OLEV to half the value. However, the signage is not covered. This is the responsibility of the host as set out in section 5.1 of the Host Agreement.

5.1     The Host shall: …
5.1.4  provide appropriate lineage and signage to parking bays adjacent to the Recharging Equipment in accordance with Schedule 1.

In conversations with Local Transport Authorities we have also been alerted that where an EV recharging bay takes a bay away from a set of on street parking bays, there is not just signage required for the EV bay, but also revised signage for adjacent bays. This is an additional reason why signage doesn’t fall within the grant.

In response to this question we are adding the warranty statements from both of our current suppliers to this website.

The maintenance which includes regular checking of the communications and operation of the post, twice yearly safety checks and the warranty is handled by the post supplier. The cost is £120 per year or £180 per year depending on your choice of warranty period.

The posts are double headed, with one IEC 62196-2 type 2 connector providing 7kW (fast recharger) and one BS 1363 13A connector providing 3kW (trickle recharger). These are consistent across the UK. The 13A connectors, whilst not favoured need to be in place to cater for the legacy of existing vehicles. The vehicle manufacturers provide appropriate leads.

Yes and with a financial saving. The equipment would be the same cost, but the installation would not involve the same amount of civil engineering activity.

We are already having the benefit of critical mass through the TfL Supply Framework. The TfL Framework was negotiated on the basis of very large numbers.

The EValu8 team has been advised by a Local Transport Authority that they have insure a total of 4 posts for £130/year

The prices of recharging posts purchased through the Supply Framework agreement are set. However, as EValu8-TI is managing a whole project, it is able to purchase at a quantity price. Individual replacement posts will be at the higher end of that framework pricelist. This places the price around the £3000 mark.

The post host needs to fill in the 2 word documents, rather than the entire legal contract. EValu8 TI Ltd will then work with the post host  and the appropriate recharging post manufacturer to arrange the site surveys. EValu8 TI Ltd will purchase the recharging posts direct from the recharging post manufacturers.

This is a cost which the post host needs to cover.


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