Awarded to PA Consulting Services Limited (UK)

Start date: Monday 2 May 2022
Value: £498,000
Company size: large
Department for Transport

Open Electric Vehicle (EV) chargepoint data – alpha phase

8 Incomplete applications

6 SME, 2 large

10 Completed applications

4 SME, 6 large

Important dates

Published
Thursday 10 February 2022
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 17 February 2022 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 24 February 2022 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Contracted out service: the off-payroll rules do not apply
Summary of the work
Successful bidder will:

• Continue extensive user research
• Prototype solutions for open data that will support:
o EV consumers
o Local authorities and government
o Other sectors
• Support adoption of a data standard
• Align with Modernising Energy Data Access and other work
• Develop a communications plan
Latest start date
Monday 28 March 2022
Expected contract length
10-14 weeks for alpha
Location
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
Department for Transport
Budget range
Between £400-£600k for Alpha alone, this excludes any tech costs

About the work

Why the work is being done
We need to improve the consumer experience at public chargepoints. Consumers should have confidence to travel across the UK and be able to rely on the public electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Local authorities and central government should be able to use data to meet our net Zero targets.
Problem to be solved
Public EV chargepoint data is not openly available apart from a few commercial companies. Open data is essential to supporting innovation in the sector and providing services back to the EV consumer.

In the data discovery we have confirmed that we need a solution to open up EV data and we need to prototype and test different solutions to meet the different user needs. This includes supporting innovators to develop solutions for EV consumers, enabling local authorities, government and enforcement teams to support policy decisions and provide the data for the energy sector.
Who the users are and what they need to do
We will share additional consumer research with the successful finalists.

EV consumers – who drive and EV and have different requirements based on their routines, reasons for using the EV and those who have accessibility needs

Data providers / aggregators – who need the data to present the data back through innovative solutions to the consumer

Energy, transport and utilities sectors – who need the data to balance the energy system and develop future solutions such as Mobility as a Service

Chargepoint operators – organisations who hold the data and we will need to engage with to develop the solution for open data
Early market engagement
N/A
Any work that’s already been done
In September 2021 we conducted an 8-week data discovery to engage with a large number of stakeholders including local authorities and EV drivers to develop the recommendations for the alpha phase.

We have ongoing user research conducted with drivers that is continually refreshed to support our policy decisions.

We are working closely with a number of external initiatives to ensure alignment of work including:

• The Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce
• Modernising Energy Data
• Competition and Markets Authority
• National Data Strategy

If you would like to see the data discovery report, please request this through the DOS queries.
Existing team
We have a small policy team (approx. 3.) in OZEV and we have a data and digital team in DfT who will provide oversight and central governance.
Current phase
Alpha

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Work can be undertaken remotely however we expect the supplier to work on-site when required (Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Rd, Westminster, London SW1P 4DR)
Working arrangements
The supplier is expected to work full-time, 37 hours per week (7.4 hours per day), Monday to Friday for up to 14 weeks. The supplier must be available/contactable during core hours, 10am to 4pm.

Expenses must align with DfT Travel and Subsistence policy, with no expenses incurred within the M25 corridor with all other proposed travel approved by the buyer prior to mobilisation.
Security clearance
All contractors’ personnel should as a minimum be cleared to authority security clearance level of BPSS and must be available to begin work with immediate effect following contract award.

CV's including security clearance evidence required for resource to be assigned to project and will be evidenced at written proposal stage.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Provide demonstrable evidence of a data driven project that you have taken through alpha phase and gaining GDS sign off for a government department to continue into a beta phase.
  • Provide demonstrable evidence of how you’ve developed solution such as an API that didn’t require the use of proprietary software, not creating a data monopoly, and couldbe used by multiple-sectors.
  • Provide evidence on your experience developing a data model and work across different sectors to ensure that data can be re-used with no or limited data cleaning.
  • Provide evidence of your experience, understanding and analysis, that has led to options/recommendations for getting up to speed with the data discovery recommendations
  • Provide evidence of your experience, understanding and analysis, that has led to options/recommendations of Technical and Operating model requirements
  • Provide demonstrable evidence that you have worked across different sectors, including opening data that has been re-used across industries
  • Describe how you would ensure alignment across the different transportation and utilities sectors
  • Provide demonstrable evidence of experience of large-scale user research including consumers, industry stakeholders and government departments in an alpha phase.
  • Demonstrate how you have developed a stakeholder engagement and communications plan to show case findings in a previous alpha phase.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
Provide demonstrable evidence of previous experience in conducting a data alpha for central government at an industry level

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a written proposal.

How many suppliers to evaluate
5
Proposal criteria
  • Demonstrable evidence of the approach and methodology to the discovery project planning and delivery, identifying the main stages and activities proposed at each stage (20%)
  • Clear demonstration of how the approach or solution meets user needs (20%)
  • Describe how risks and dependencies have been identified and what approaches have been offered to manage and mitigate them (20%)
  • Estimated timeframes for the work (10%)
Cultural fit criteria
  • Describe how you will be transparent and collaborative when making decisions, being open with industry (5%)
  • Describe how you propose to work with our team and suppliers to ensure that there is an open working environment (5%)
Payment approach
Fixed price
Additional assessment methods
Case study
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

70%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Can you please provide the Discovery report?
The report can be accessed by Emailing consumerofferconsult@ozev.gov.uk

Please be advised that only queries relating to access of the Discovery report should go through the Email above. All other clarifications should come through the system
2. Hi – Please could you provide a copy of the Data Discovery Report mentioned in the opportunity description. Many thanks.
As per previous response
3. Hi, In August you awarded the DoS opp 15132 to Valtech, for the Discovery and Alpha for this project, is there any reason why you’ve come out again for Alpha? Thanks
Before entering the discovery phase we chose to break up all phases and re-tender at each stage to ensure we remained competitive throughout the entire process.
4. Please could we request the discovery report as per CQ1,
As per previous response, the report can be accessed by Emailing consumerofferconsult@ozev.gov.uk
Please be advised that only queries relating to access of the Discovery report should go through the Email above. All other clarifications should come through the system
5. Are you able to provide guidance on how much onsite work is expected please? And would that be the whole team for X days per week, or just 1 or 2 key people for x days per week/month etc. As much information as possible would be appreciated.
We are following civil service guidelines for return to work. We would expect to work with the supplier in the office however we are happy if some colleagues who work remotely dial into meetings.
6. We note the requested GDS experience gaining sign off to transition to Beta. Whilst we closely follow GDS principles and have strong experience in all areas of this requirement, we have not yet had the opportunity for an official GDS assessment, please would you advise as to whether proposals will be accepted without this experience
Yes we would still consider experience using the GDS principles without having gone through the full assessment
7. Discovery considers data aggregation via various methods including OCPI. Would the charge point data need to be presentable (outbound) to meet certain standards, notably ETSI ITS (EV) standards?
Our primary focus is to ensure that consumers can find the right chargepoints for their needs and to support local authorities with the roll out of EV chargepoints. However we are keen to build out use cases and prioritise future work to support a range of stakeholder and user needs
8. Describe how you would ensure alignment across the different transportation and utilities sectors”, are you seeking a methodology answer explaining how we’d go about this for this project? Or are you seeking an example where suppliers have done something similar previously?
We are looking for previous experience that demonstrates the capability
9. Provide evidence of your experience, understanding and analysis, that has led to options/recommendations for getting up to speed with the data discovery recommendations” please could you provide further clarification on what you are seeking from suppliers? For example, are you seeking an example from a previous project where suppliers have proposed a recommended approach for the initial onboarding stage of the project? Or are you seeking a methodology based response for this project where suppliers explain how they would go about onboarding the data discovery recommendations?
We are looking for previous experience that demonstrates the capability
10. If the primary focus is to help consumers find charge points, will the presented data need to include live availability, the ability to book/reserve, information how to get there? Without it, how can EV consumers plan? How will they consume the data whilst driving? This can all be contained within ETSI ITS framework (IVIM, MAPEM, EV etc), so should the specification for this open data include this standard?
We are expecting to work iteratively, supporting industry to help consumers locate the right chargepoints for their needs first. We want to continue user research with current and future EV drivers, industry and innovators to identify what further data needs to be made available.
11. Is the objective to have centralised data where people can pull data to analyse for their own experiments
We want to test all options for open data, we are solution agnostic and want to ensure we achieve the right outcomes for the consumer, local authorities and innovators. Solutions could include a centralised service, decentralised service or a competitive procurement of services through existing industry-led solutions.  We expect alpha to test one or more of these before we enter our beta phase.
12. Is the objective to have centralised data where people can pull data to analyse for their own experiments
We want to test all options for open data, we are solution agnostic and want to ensure we achieve the right outcomes for the consumer, local authorities and innovators. Solutions could include a centralised service, decentralised service or a competitive procurement of services through existing industry-led solutions.  We expect alpha to test one or more of these before we enter our beta phase.
13. Are you content for suppliers to cite multiple project examples for questions where our experience is best demonstrated by more than one example?
Yes we are happy for bidders to cite more than one project per example
14. Can you advise on why the opportunity for alpha has come out to tender again as this was originally included alongside the Discovery in https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/digital-outcomes-and-specialists/opportunities/15132?
Before entering the discovery phase we chose to break up all phases and re-tender at each stage to ensure we remained competitive throughout the entire process.
15. Given that half term could have impacted a number of suppliers in respect to readiness to respond to this opportunity, would you consider providing an extension for submission deadline?
We do not intend to extend the deadline for the current bidding process
16. Could you kindly clarify what is meant by the following question: 4. Provide evidence of your experience, understanding and analysis, that has led to options/recommendations for getting up to speed with the data discovery recommendations.
We would expect the bidder to provide an example where they have developed options and/or recommendations based on work that has been carried out/completed by another supplier.
17. Provide demonstrable evidence of a data driven project that you have taken through alpha phase and gaining GDS sign off for a government department to continue into a beta phase.” are you content for “GDS sign off” to be on the formal assessment undertaken either by GDS themselves or an internal assessment team? (For example, within DfT, the DVLA team will sometimes undertake assessments in place of GDS). Or must supplier examples be based upon GDS doing the assessment and sign off?
We would still consider experience using the GDS principles without having gone through the full assessment, including examples where departments have conducted internal assessments