Electric vehicle charging infrastructure challenges

Two new Scotland CAN-DO Innovation challenges

What is the open innovation challenge?

The Scottish Government has committed to almost complete decarbonisation of the road transport sector by 2050. A major element of this transformation will be a shift towards the electrification of road transport, with electric vehicles making the most immediate impact. Key to encouraging adoption of electric vehicles is improving access to charge points.

Working in partnership with Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, via the CAN-DO Innovation Challenge Fund, are seeking innovative solutions to ensure the deployed charging infrastructure meets the needs of the Scottish population and is universally accessible. We are interested in solutions that will be demonstrated in Scotland, but can be rolled out and be impactful globally.

Proposals should address one of the following challenge areas:

Challenge 1 - How might we use technology to tackle electric vehicles public charging points misuse, specifically bay-hogging and ICEing?

We're looking for proposals that deal with the problem of vehicles parking in spaces intended for electric cars charging, without making use of or having a need to charge.

Challenge 2 - How might we use technology to ensure electric vehicles charging is accessible to drivers with disabilities?

We're looking for organisations that can explore this accessibility challenge and develop solutions that can provide fair, equitable and affordable access to electric vehicles charging infrastructure and ensure that all of Scotland's citizens can play their part in tackling the climate emergency.

Phased approach

The current call is for Phase 1 of a potential 2-phase SBRI competition.

Phase 1

Phase 1 involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to explore the challenges and to develop and demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of solutions to them.

It's anticipated that Phase 1 funding will be up to £30,000 (inc. VAT) per contract for up to three contracts per challenge area for a maximum of 12 weeks duration with a completion date of 26 March 2021.

Phase 2

Phase 2 will involve R&D contracts being awarded to businesses chosen from the successful Phase 1 applicants, to develop a prototype and undertake field-testing in Scotland.

It's anticipated that three Phase 2 contracts of up to £200,000 (inc. VAT) each will be awarded for up to 12 months. Phase 2 funding details are only indicative at this stage.


Deadline for enquires is 25 November 2020, 5pm

Deadline for applications is 7 December 2020, 11am

Applicants notified of decision by 21 December 2020

Contracts awarded by 23 December 2020

Feedback provided by 8 January 2020

Next steps

Find more details on Public Contracts Scotland website. Note the application documents will only become available for downloading after registering your interest.