A surge in demand for electric vehicle charge points

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EV Charge webPortsmouth City Council is responding to resident requests and installing electric vehicle charge points in residential areas across the city.

As one of the first local authorities to receive funding from the government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), Portsmouth City Council has plans to install approximately 50 charge points in 34 roads over the next few months. Locations for the trial scheme were initially identified via resident requests, and are now subject to further consultation.

The scheme is operated by ubitricity and will be trialled for three years. Portsmouth is the first city to introduce an integrated solution. This is where electricity is provided by the street lamp column (either directly or via a bollard) and is charged on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Charging electric vehicles has typically occurred off-street in car parks, garages or driveways. In built-up cities like Portsmouth, off-street parking is not an option for many residents. By installing charge points on-street, residents can enjoy the convenience of charging their plug-in electric vehicles at home.

Councillor Lynne Stagg, Portsmouth's Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said. "We want to encourage greater use of electric vehicles, so are introducing the infrastructure to support this. We hope this will give residents the confidence to invest in electric vehicles when the time comes to replace their cars.

"We have aspirations for improving and maintaining healthy air quality in Portsmouth, to reduce pollution levels and benefit public health. As more residents use electric vehicles, communities will benefit from improved air quality and will lower their carbon footprint."

Residents who requested a charge point will now be contacted by the council so the installation process can begin.

Charging areas will be identifiable by a shared-use socket and a marked 'electric vehicle charging' bay. To park in the bay, the vehicle must be plugged in.

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