Innovate UK Electric vehicle charging for public spaces: feasibility studies

Fund Name: Electric vehicle charging for public spaces: feasibility studies
Project Length: Up to 3 months
Project Value: Dependent on strand
Deadline: 29/08/2018


The aim of this competition is to deliver creative new designs and technology for low-cost, scalable charging solutions for electric vehicle owners and users without off-street parking.

Fund Details

The solutions must be convenient to users and designed appropriately for the proposed location. They can range from on street infrastructure to local charging hubs. Your proposal must demonstrate commercially feasible business models and solutions.

1.In this phase 1 competition your proposal must be for a feasibility study to analyse electric vehicle charging infrastructure placement, costs, use cases and viable business models.

2.If you are successful in this competition you will be able to apply to phase 2 to create large scale infrastructure and technology demonstrators in public areas. Trials need to be statistically relevant, and last up to 12 months. Projects must consider what happens to the infrastructure after the trials and you can claim funding for the cost of decommissioning.

Your phase 1 and phase 2 projects must be based around a demonstration of business models and solutions that:

  • are suitable for investment
  • provide local authorities with new options they can be confident in
  • encourage electric vehicle take up in the area and maximise improvements in local air quality
  • provide great experiences for end users, both private and public, such as street cleaning or delivery drivers

Your project must include attention to, or a study of, social and behavioural aspects of the proposal. It must be:

  • inclusive to all users in the location
  • sensitive to issues around accessibility
  • avoid monopolising existing parking infrastructure
  • give consideration to whether the location is appropriate, especially conservation areas, flood plains and other special factors

Total costs for your phase 1 feasibility study should be between £75,000 and £120,000. Projects must start by 1 January 2019, end by 31 March 2019, and can last up to 3 months.


To be eligible for funding you must:

  • be a UK based business, academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out your project work in the UK, unless a strong case is made to do otherwise
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • work in collaboration with other businesses, research organisations or third-sector organisations
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