We have begun the installation of the first electric vehicle charge points in residential areas.

Until now, public electric vehicle charge points have only been available in car parks but with thanks to £100,000 of funding from the government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the council will be installing 37 charge points in 32 roads across the city.

The scheme is operated by ubitricity for an initial three year term. Portsmouth is one of just 20 local authorities implementing an on-street scheme, the first city to introduce a system where electricity is provided by the street lamp column (either directly or via a bollard) within a marked-bay, and can be 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.

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation said: "Since publicising the scheme we have received further enquiries and requests from residents. Now they know we are installing charge points they are exploring the idea of buying an electric vehicle when they change their car, and because of this we are planning a second phase of funding.

The uptake of electric vehicles in the UK continues to gather pace. We want to encourage greater use of electric vehicles in Portsmouth, so are introducing the infrastructure to support this. We hope this will give residents the confidence to invest in electric vehicles when they replace their cars."

Glen owns an electric vehicle. A charge point will be installed in his road on Friday 11 March. Glen said. "I'm pleased that the electric vehicle charging point has been installed. I no longer have 'range anxiety' as now when I come home from work I can charge my car, this was something that I was unable to do before as I live in terrace house. I will now have the freedom to go come and go without the worry of charging my car before returning home. 

I hope to see more charge points installed to encourage more drivers to purchase electric vehicles and live a greener life style."

Colin is a driving instructor and owns an electric vehicle. He said. "With the car industry moving to electric vehicles, cities like Portsmouth will have to install a charging infrastructure so residents and businesses are able to charge their cars and vans. I’m delighted with the scheme. It means I can teach in an electric car and charge to full overnight at the roadside instead of daily visits to the rapid charger at the Isle of Wight ferry port which can take up to an hour."

James Everley, UK Business Development Director at ubitricity, said. "ubitricity is delighted to be working with Portsmouth City Council to deliver the first street light charging points for its residents. By utilising existing street furniture we are able to reduce costs and minimise street clutter. Resident feedback has been very positive so far and we hope to help more Portsmouth residents without access to off-street parking, make the change over to electric over the coming weeks and months."

All charge points will be installed by the end of March.  For more information visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk/electricvehicles

The uptake of electric vehicles in the UK continues to rise and until now, charging electric vehicles has typically occurred off-street in car parks, garages and 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.

We received funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to provide around 50 charge points across the city, as a three-year trial. As a starting point, we have identified 37 charge points 32 roads based on requests from residents who either have an electric vehicle already or plan to purchase one in the near future.

Portsmouth is the first city to introduce an 'ad hoc' solution utilising lamp column electricity. 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. You can find out more about the charging and billing solutions here.

Charging areas will be identifiable by a marked bay. To park in the bay, the vehicle must be plugged in and charging.

Missing out? Please get in touch if you would like access to an electric vehicle charge point. Contact our Transport Planning team via email: transportplan@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

In addition we are trialling an electric vehicle charge points in some of our off-street car parks. You can check their location and availability here: Charge points across Portsmouth are listed below.