The city council of Portsmouth wants to increase on-street charging. They have turned to Ubitricity to install their charging solution on 50 lamp posts on 34 roads. The trial will run over three years. Installation is to progress in the coming months.
Portsmouth joins London in selecting Ubitricity for a lamp post charging scheme. As in the British capital, the project in Portsmouth receives funding through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
For now the roll-out is a trial. Locations for the charging stations integrated into street lights were initially identified via resident requests. They are now subject to further consultation. Residents who requested a charge point will now be contacted by the council so the installation process can begin.
Overall, the council aims for 50 charge points on 34 roads. They will be installed in the next few months.
Charge-point operator ubitricity will be responsible for the points on a trial basis until 2021. These will be powered through street lamp columns with users to be charged on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Charging areas will be identifiable by a shared-use socket and a marked ‘electric vehicle charging’ bay. To park in the bay, the electric vehicle must be plugged in.
It takes less than hour to convert a street lamp into a charging station.
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