London Electric Vehicle Charge Points Dashboard

Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure - a vital component of London’s smart and green agenda - is being delivered by a wide range of public and private bodies across London (up to 50).

As a result of the project, we developed a dashboard to join up the EV Charging infrastructure in London to enable a collective understanding of what is already in place, how it is being used, and to guide future installations.

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London is an administratively complex city because it is made up of 33 boroughs, within which there is further break down by ward. This project formed part of LOTI’s efforts to support London boroughs to collaborate, using data to improve public services and outcomes for Londoners.

Boroughs are increasingly interested in the potential of smart city technologies to improve outcomes for residents. Electric vehicles (EVs) and the charge points that support them are one instance of these that can enable boroughs to deliver better, greener outcomes for their residents.

When the project began, it was recognised that London lacked a single view of where charge points were located and how they were used. In part, this is because that data was held separately by each of London’s 33 boroughs without a mechanism or process in place for safely and securely sharing it with each other. This made future planning of infrastructure difficult.

User needs analysis (https://docs.google.com/document/d/16Zszf2eWjSFUXFJM_CJKxkXsJ-d8MnCQ8igci8-XdtQ/edit) conducted by LOTI revealed that there were three primary sets of people who need timely and accurate EV charge point information:
1. Londoners, who need to know where the nearest EV charge point is located and whether it is available;
2. Transport and Highway planners, who need to know where additional EV points are most needed based on demand; and
3. Charge point operators, who need to plan for their future commercial strategies.

The EV charge point dashboard (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1wBWgPjApA6S6KS3zSfvKROfEPZNH7etuiYtirWgc_iU/edit#slide=id.ga0418dcb06_0_107) solves this problem by providing transport and highway planners in London with the complete view of the location and usage of all EV points, down to small geographical sub-areas within each London borough.

Using Power BI, the dashboard consists of data for approximately 3,500 EV charge points, of which 161 are rapid charge points and the rest are on-street residential points delivered by London’s Go Ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS).

Data is provided quarterly by charge point operators and at the moment remains in the dashboard for a period of 12 months. The project is now working to put in place more sustainable ways for retaining all data sets for all periods, so that boroughs can benchmark and identify trends over time.

This project adds value by:
1. Sharing data on one central platform (the London Datastore, which is becoming London’s central register of useful datasets) for the first time;
2. Applying our co-developed guidance (https://loti.london/resources/tender-wording-data-access-api/) for putting standard terms in place to ensure that private sector suppliers share data consistently with the dashboard via automated data feeds (APIs) and following a set data standard; and
3. Providing boroughs with the ability to easily view and access the dynamic data to inform their decision making about this critical infrastructure.

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