Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Transport For London Announce Multi Million Tender For Electric Commercial Vehicles

Mayor's 67 Million Pound Promise To Electrify the City Begins to Come to Fruition
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UK - Following our story last July on how Transport for London (TfL) were taking advantage of the British Governments Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Program (LCVPP) to test drive electric vans, the details of the tender for the purchase of low emission transport equipment has been announced as promised by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

The tender notice invites bidders to propose bids for the supply of electric vehicles and ultra low carbon vehicles and associated services to a total value of £67 million, exclusive of VAT, a total of around 1300 vehicles. You can view and retain a copy of the full tender document here.

The tender divides the vehicle types as five separate groups (all electric and hybrid vehicles), European vehicle category M1 (passenger vehicles of up to 8 seats) which account for 70% of the bid total , with the balance divided up between the other four types L (scooters and motorbikes) M2 (passenger carriers exceeding 8 seats under 5 tonnes) N1 & 2 (commercial trucks up to 12 tonnes).

Tyne and Wear based Smiths Electric Vehicles are known to be contesting three categories worth around £22 million and tell us they believe the North East of England is well positioned to supply vehicles for all the contracts, with Nissans presence for the passenger cars with their Leaf model plus Elecscoot in Consett for the scooters in addition to Smiths own interests.

Photo: The Nissan Leaf