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Portsmouth City Council has been shortlisted in the National Transport Awards 2019 for its innovative approach to providing residential electric vehicle charge points.

The On-street Residential Charge point Scheme (ORCS) was shortlisted in the Most Innovative Transport Project category.

Portsmouth is a city of largely terraced houses where relatively few properties benefit from off street parking. The challenge to the council was to introduce an electric vehicle charging scheme which allows residents to safely charge their vehicles from home without causing a potential trip hazard from trailing cables.

Portsmouth is the first UK city to introduce the scheme which supplies electricity via a lamppost column. This enables residents who park on-street to charge their vehicles using a pay-as-you go system. The provision of dedicated marked parking bays adjacent to charge points make this an ideal solution for residents to charge their vehicles overnight.

The use of lamp column charge points was considered the best solution for Portsmouth as they are cost effective and quick to install. They minimise the need for additional street furniture as points can be retrofitted into existing lamp columns or using slimline bollards.

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said: "I'm delighted that we have been shortlisted for this award, especially as the On-street Residential Charge point Scheme has allowed us to reduce barriers to electric vehicle ownership for residents who park on our streets.
The scheme has allowed us to provide residents with the right tools to help improve our city's air quality, making Portsmouth a better place to visit, live, work and study. I hope that the success of this scheme will encourage other residents to consider electric vehicle ownership when the time comes to replace their petrol or diesel vehicles."

So far 36 on-street residential charge points have been installed in 32 roads across the city, following £60,000 of funding from Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

The council has received so much interest in the scheme since the charge points were introduced that they are working towards a second phase of installations to encourage electric vehicle uptake.

The National Transport Awards take place on 31st October 2019.

Visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk to find out more about electric vehicle charging in Portsmouth.

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