Portsmouth City Council won the E-Mobility Progress Award at the TRANStech Awards 2019, for its innovative approach to providing residential electric vehicle charge points.

The inaugral TRANStech awards took place on 1 November, celebrating technology that makes transport cleaner, smarter and easier to use. Portsmouth City Council's On-street Residential Charge point Scheme (ORCS) is thought to be the only pay as you go, lamp-column based on-street resident charging solution which benefits from designated parking pays, guaranteeing access to the charge points.

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 Ashmore, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change said: "It is fantastic news that we have been recognised for our innovative approach to On-street Residential Charge points. This is a shining example of how we have looked for the best solution for residents in our city.

"So far we have 36 on-street residential charge points across the city. We hope to extend this scheme to encourage residents to buy electric cars as it's easy to charge their vehicle. This, importantly, contributes to reducing air pollution in our city. "

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.

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