Powering ahead with Milton Keynes contract win
Electric Vehicle consultancy, Zero Carbon Futures, has been appointed as project manager to Milton Keynes Council to support the delivery of their Go Ultra Low City programme.
The appointment follows the announcement last year that Milton Keynes has been awarded £9 million from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ Go Ultra Low City Scheme. The funding is to support the city to become a showcase of what can be done to encourage the uptake of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles.
Following a competitive tender process, Zero Carbon Futures has been commissioned to oversee the project’s key strands including the EV Experience Centre, EV charge point infrastructure and innovation as well as work on the Highways to support the programme.
Brian Matthews, Head of Transport Innovation, at Milton Keynes Council, said: “We had a number of exceptionally strong tender submissions for the project management contract however Zero Carbon Futures’ expertise and knowledge of the industry really stood out. The company will be a critical friend for the project throughout its five years.”
Zero Carbon Futures has been involved in a number of high profile electric vehicle projects such as the Rapid Charge Network, Plugged in Places and My Electric Avenue and has overseen the development of charge point networks across the UK including at motorway service stations. The company has also developed a number of electric vehicle marketing and promotional campaigns to encourage residents and businesses to consider making the switch to electric.
Dr Colin Herron, Managing Director at Zero Carbon Futures, said: “Milton Keynes put forward an exceptionally strong bid to become a Go Ultra Low City and we are delighted to be working with the Council to support its delivery. This is a significant programme which will make a demonstrable difference to electric vehicle uptake in the City and we hope that our expertise will provide real added value to the Council.”
The contract award comes as the company recently celebrated its fifth birthday. Zero Carbon Futures was set up in 2011 following the closure of the Regional Development Agency, One North East, with an ambition to support the uptake of electric cars in the North East. Over the last five years the business has grown significantly and has taken on a number of high profile national contracts working with major car manufacturers including Nissan, Renault, BMW and VW. The company has also now expanded its remit into battery management projects and are managing two projects which explore the next generation of battery technology.