Briefly, the PIPs programme is the main mechanism for the installation of plug-in vehicle charging infrastructure in the UK. Eight Plugged-In Places (PiP) schemes are trialling different business models and technologies to inform the roll-out of the recharging infrastructure nationally:
o Milton Keynes
o The North East
o Northern Ireland
o Greater Manchester
o The Midlands
o The East of England.
The scheme offers match-funding to local consortia of businesses and public sector partners to support the installation of a critical mass of electric vehicle recharging infrastructure in lead places across the UK. The Pips can assist with funding for installing charging posts both at home and in the work place.
There are currently around 6,000 chargepoints in the UK, of which over 1,900 have been provided through the eight PiP projects (to end March 2012):
Plugged-In Place Chargepoints installed (up to end March 2012) Email Contact Details
North East 408
Northern Ireland 85
The PiPs will assist in learning about national infrastructure requirements for plug-in vehicles and provide a key network of recharging infrastructure as plug-in vehicles come to the UK.
A guide to deploying electric vehicles (EVs) in fleets is accessible via the link below. It was produced by the Climate Group, Cenex and the EST which you might find useful. In particular it describes some of the benefits of ultra low emission plugged in vehicles for fleet owners and Local Authorities:
Thanks to the sophisticated power network across The Netherlands and many other countries, electricity is available at the click of a switch to meet demand as and when required. It is the task of grid management to prepare the grid for the future; the future of charging electric cars. If too much energy is produced, for example, through the energy of windmills, you need to deliver and store it somewhere, otherwise the energy grid will be overloaded. Conversely, if insufficient energy is available, firms and consumers may suffer if demand exceeds supply. A solution needs to be found to balance energy supply and demand. On average the Dutch consume around 40% of their energy per household on transport. Electric cars are considerably more economical than petrol, diesel or gas run vehicles and can enable a reduction in the 40% consumption. In addition, CO2 emissions will also fall, especially if green electricity is used. If a large number of cars are electric, then this immediately solves a big part of the energy balancing problem, as car batteries can provide both storage and backup. However, market demand for electric cars will be very limited if there are not enough charging facilities available. What are we doing to make sure our country develops a system that encourages the car driving population to get into electric vehicles ??