Extra 79 Electric Car Charging Points for Portsmouth as Number of Vehicles Nearly Doubles

Extra 79 Electric Car Charging Points for Portsmouth as Number of Vehicles Nearly Doubles

Green motorists will soon have access to more than 100 on-street electric car charging points in the city following a £200,000 cash boost.

EV Charging Point
The installation of Portsmouth’s first on-street electric vehicle charge point took place in March 2019 in Adair Road, Southsea. Pictured is: (l-r) James Everley, business development director at Ubitricity, Hayley Chivers, strategic transport planner for Portsmouth City Council, electric car owners Glen Arnold and Colin Martin, Alexie Stone-Peters, Smart City solutions development manager and Cllr. Lynne Stagg, cabinet member for traffic and transport. Picture: Sarah Standing (080319-1453)

Portsmouth City Council will install an extra 79 charging points in residential roads, adding to the 36 put in last year, using a government grant.

Specific electric vehicle bays will be marked next to the points that can only be used while charging is in progress. Drivers can then pay for the electricity using a pay-as-you go app or with a smart-cable that sets tariffs.

Councillor Lynne Stagg, the council’s cabinet member for traffic and transportation, said: ‘I am delighted that we have won funding to extend our electric charge point scheme so that residents can easily access electric fuel for their vehicles.

‘I hope this will result in us seeing even more electric cars in Portsmouth that are much cleaner for our air.’

Once suitable locations have been confirmed residents in the street will be written to, explaining the exact location of the bay.

The £200,000 grant comes as part of a £10m fund from government to be used across the UK.

Transport minister Rachel Maclean said: ‘Electric cars are quickly becoming the new normal, with one registered every 15 minutes in the UK.

‘It’s great to see Portsmouth City Council taking advantage of the £10m government support for on-street chargepoints and embracing the electric vehicle revolution, so that residents can benefit from cleaner, greener transport.’

The number of electric cars in Portsmouth has increased to from 1,033 in 2015 to 2,025 in 2019.

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