Inactive public car chargers get green light again

23.11.2021 - 15:56
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The 156 streetside car chargers operated by Orka náttúrunnar (ON) will be switched back on later this week, after Reykjavík District Court overturned a ruling from the public procurement complaints commission ordering them to be cut off, a statement from ON says.

Complaints commission invalidated tender 

The public procurement complaints commission concluded this June that the City of Reykjavík tender for community EV chargers was not valid because it should have been advertised across the EEA and not only in Iceland. ON, which is a subsidiary of Orkuveita Reykjavíkur, the energy company co-owned by the City of Reykjavík, was therefore ordered to switch off its community chargers. 

“After analysing the verdict of the complaints commission, ON believed it was clear the commission’s justifications for the verdict were wrong. It was therefore decided to take the case to the district court to have the ruling rolled back. The case was fast-tracked and today the district court agreed with the ON point-of-view,” the energy company statement says. 

Flawed procedure 

The court ruling states that the complaints commission procedure was flawed. The complaint from Ísorka, which was filed last year, came too late, and the contract value was too low to be covered by EEA requirements. 

Berglind Rán Ólafsdóttir, manager of ON, says in the statement that she celebrates the ruling: “It is first and foremost good news for the very many electric vehicle owners who rely on this service. It was very clear in our minds that the reasoning behind the complaints committee ruling was wrong, and so we decided to take it to court.” 

According to the website of the complainant, Ísorka, it is “the only company in Iceland looking after nothing other than the charging of electric vehicles”. 

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