Total cost of duplicating the Charge Your Car scheme to create "Charge Place Scotland" scheme
Dear Energy Saving Trust,
I have successfully used the Charge Your Car scheme for two years, but now see that Energy Saving Trust have decided to create a separate, yet somewhat identical, overlay to this and name it Charge Place Scotland.
It appears this process was tendered and therefore was implemented at a cost to the Taxpayer.
It also appears that the process has resulted in a new card being issued to all CYC card holders living in Scotland, using the same CYC website and app to find chargers, and using CYC telephone support to address any issues regarding the service as a whole.
I appreciate you are not currently subject to the Freedom of Information Act but respectfully request what is intended to be achieved by replicating a perfectly good service, by duplicating the entire process, at a cost to the Taxpayer, to achieve what appears to be nothing more than putting "Scotland" on the card I now hold.
I can see no benefit to the user, whatsoever, in having a card called "Charge Place Scotland", when travel by it's very nature does not respect geographical boundaries.
Your website offers no new information, simply directing me to the CYC website, and essentially adds no value to me as a driver, yet I am assuming CYC are being paid by the Energy Saving Trust to administer the "scheme". It seems to be a lot of effort to issue new cards and pay money to a company who already provided a very robust service, and I am unclear as to the intended outcomes of this process.
Are you able to tell me what the estimated total cost of procuring this scheme has been, and the expected savings, or improvements to the uptake of electric vehicle use you expect to see?
Keith M E Anderson
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Dear Mr Anderson,
Thank you for your e-mail. Please be aware that while the Energy Saving Trust (EST) operates a number of transport programmes on behalf of Transport Scotland, we are completely separate organisations. For one of these programmes we oversee grant funding provided to organisations to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure on their premises. Much of this infrastructure is then registered with the Network Operator back office, and once registered on this network it can appear on their charge point map and be made available to electric vehicle driving members of the public. The current Network Operator is Charge Your Car. The initial 3 year contract to act as the Network Operator expired last year meaning that Transport Scotland had to retender for it, the process of running this tender and the awarding of the final contract was carried out by Transport Scotland. EST had no involvement in the drafting of the tender documents, the bid assessment process, or the award of the contract, and we have no involvement in or oversight of the management of the now established contract between Transport Scotland and Charge Your Car. Funding for the Network Operator is provided directly from Transport Scotland to Charge Your Car. EST does not fund Charge Your Car.
As part of the renewal of this contract, and in recognition of the changes that had taken place in the electric vehicle charging industry since the award of the original contract in 2013, Transport Scotland made the decision for the Network to henceforth be operated under the name ChargePlace Scotland. The benefits of this include ensuring continuity going forward, for instance should the contract change to a different organisation in the future, or should the Network Operator start operating under a different name, there will not be the need for any further rebranding exercises. It also helps to demarcate the areas of the network over which Transport Scotland has oversight, as Charge Your Car also manage networks in areas of England which Transport Scotland has no involvement in or responsibility for.
I'm afraid I'm not able to advise you as to the cost of procuring this scheme as the Energy Saving Trust does not have this information.
I hope this has provided a satisfactory answer to your query, but please feel free to contact either EST, Charge Your Car, or Transport Scotland if you have any further questions about this.
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