New ULEV Infrastructure Framework for Public Sector Authorities

Nottingham City Council (NCC) has been working with Cenex to develop a ULEV framework open to all public sector authorities in the UK.

There is a distinct lack of options for public sector organisations with routes to market when it comes to the traditional and emerging EV related infrastructure. With more and more councils setting zero carbon aspirations or declaring climate change emergencies, there will be increasing need for different electric vehicle charging infrastructure solutions.

As a Go Ultra Low City NCC would like to use this opportunity to assist public sector authorities to transition to ULEV vehicles thus supporting the Government’s Road to Zero Strategy. The technical aspects have been developed by Cenex in line with national standards with contributions from ourselves, public transport and highways/energy services.

The specification is almost finalised and NCC hope to be going to market in the coming months. Suppliers who meet published requirements will have the opportunity to supply products/services through this unique framework. Research of the market during the development of this framework suggests there is already high appetite in the use of purchasing frameworks with around 75% of major urban authorities planning to use a purchasing framework in the future.

NCC have today published a PIN notice on the East Mids Tenders procurement portal, which provides an early warning to potential bidders. This should begin to generate market interest.

Please feel free to inform any other local authorities/public sector bodies you are connected with, who may have expressed an interest in ULEV infrastructure and associated systems, of this soon to be available opportunity. This can also be shared with any infrastructure suppliers who must first register on the portal to be able to participate in the competition here: www.eastmidstenders.org