Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) required support with a study on the long-term role of public sector bodies in delivering electric vehicle charging infrastructure (EVCI).

The challenge

TfGM asked us to advise on the commercial EVCI delivery landscape across the UK and other countries, and provide recommendations that would help Greater Manchester deliver its EVCI strategy.

"The Grant Thornton team played a valued role in assisting Greater Manchester to establish how the public sector can best influence and optimise the rollout of EVCI on the public estate. The recommendations have been welcomed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and are being implemented across the region."

Megan Black, Interim Head of Logistics and Environment, TfGM

The solution

We worked alongside TfGM and local authorities across Greater Manchester on a three-month study, engaging with stakeholders across the EV charging landscape, and undertaking desktop research and analysis on the market. We carried out around 30 interviews with chargepoint operators, local authorities and sector specialists to understand the challenges in current commercial models and available solutions.

"We were delighted to work with TfGM and its partners on this project and support with delivery of EV charging infrastructure. We’re excited to see the recommendations being put into action, and look forward to continued partnering opportunities with TfGM and other public bodies in their journey towards Net Zero."

Alasdair Grainger, Director

The result

We reported on short, medium, and long-term recommendations to TfGM and the local authorities for how best to meet their strategic objectives and define their roles in the context of their current EVCI delivery. The insight included in-depth market analysis and commentary on key issues facing the sector, including emerging commercial structures, trends in public-private partnerships, and case studies of market leaders around the world.

Our team collaborated with stakeholders to ensure our recommendations were deliverable and took consideration of the ongoing efforts by TfGM, local authorities and their partners.

This project was delivered by our Net Zero advisory team – a specialist team within our infrastructure advisory practice, supported by our wider public services advisory department. It comprises specialists in energy, utilities and investment in low-carbon technologies with backgrounds across government, consulting and industry.

About our team

The Net Zero advisory team works collaboratively to help clients work through opportunities and challenges in the low carbon space, and brings a proven track record in supporting organisations to understand, enable, roll out, and finance electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Owen Tong

Owen Tong