Go Ultra Low City Scheme: Siemens

VolkerSmart Technologies has been working collaboratively with Siemens on the Go Ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS) for many years. We have been responsible for the installation of over 3,000 electric vehicle charge points in London for the Go Ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS), a programme by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles within the Department for Transport.

The scheme aims to encourage more people to consider switching to an electric car, to help improve air quality in urban hotspots, and assist the government in meeting its emission-cutting targets.


What we did

We have installed over 3,000 lamp column mounted electric vehicle charge points since 2019. Areas have included Ealing, Brent, Westminster, Camden, Sutton, Hackney, Kensington, Chelsea, Lewisham and Islington.

Our services have involved site surveys to find suitable lamp columns and bollards to install or mount the chargers to, electrical testing and commissioning and 24/7 emergency standby and call outs. 


Project successes

The project has utilised VolkerSmart Technologies’ in-house Independent Connection team, securing electrical connections directing to the local DNO, providing efficiency savings. 

Having worked with Siemens since 2019, VolkerSmart Technologies is a trusted partner with extensive experience in installing a range of charging points, safely and efficiently, in busy, public environments. As well as working alongside the Boroughs and Siemens to recommend the latest technology available and best value for money.

As the electrical infrastructure is already available in the lamp columns, this provides a cost-effective solution, allowing residents who do not have access to off-street parking, to easily charge their vehicle, close to home.

"The GULCS charging infrastructure contracts that we’ve managed for a number of London boroughs need an efficient socket rollout and maintenance programme. We chose to appoint VolkerSmart Technologies to support Siemens on these projects due to their consistent programme management and delivery. Through this project we have also utilised their independent connections and traffic management divisions to improve DNO connection speeds and minimise distruption for commuters and residents."

Gareth Marshall Head of Operations and Service Delivery at Siemens eMobility

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