The first version of the tool kit is being developed for the UK and variants are now being developed for use in Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
The UK version is drawing upon experience gained in delivering the Government's Plugged in Places programme and aims to help project developers build on this experience and avoid the mistakes and delays associated with having to learn from first principles.
The tool kit includes a practical work book including development guidelines supported with generic project plans, risk registers and roles and responsibilities charts that can be adapted to a broad range of projects.
In developing the tool kit Future Transport Systems has liaised with several of the UK's successful Plugged in Places projects to develop an understanding of the challenges that have been encountered and the lessons learned. Experience gained from regions not involved in the Plugged in Places programme and who are developing alternative approaches to project development has also been incorporated into the document.
Key issues considered within the document are how to plan for a realistic EV infrastructure, how to deliver a project, what technical issues need to be considered, how can interoperability be fostered and how to plan for sustainable operation.
Over the course of the next few months Future Transport Systems will be trialling the tool kit on several projects across the UK and would welcome expressions of interest from any organisations who might be interested in being part of the trial.
Once the non-UK versions of the tool kit have been developed and validated the final phase of the project will be to review some of the differences between EV infrastructure development across North West Europe (NWE) and summarize key learning points.