The new installations add to a network of ubitricity chargepoints

Portsmouth Council has introduced 62 new on-street charge points as a result of over £200,000 funding received from the Office for Zero Emissions (OZEV).

They have been installed by new charge point infrastructure partner, JoJu Charging, and add to the network of 36 charge points already installed with ubitricity.

The council has also installed a rapid charger for taxis and private hire vehicles as part of an ongoing project to install nine rapid chargers in car parks across the city to help people who drive for a living to also choose electric vehicles.

Cllr Lynne Stagg, cabinet member for traffic and transportation, said: “We’ve seen plenty of interest in electric vehicles locally, from both residents and the taxi and private hire trade. We hope that the ability to charge outside your own home as a domestic user, or rapidly as part of your day as a trade user, will be a great incentive to join the revolution and reduce emissions further.

“When the time comes to replace your existing vehicle, we are making it easier for you to consider an electric vehicle, even if you don’t have a driveway. While we understand they are not the complete solution for removing harmful emissions, they do produce much lower levels of pollution and have a place in making our air cleaner, alongside limiting unnecessary car journeys, taking the bus, walking, cycling or renting an e-scooter.”

Chas Warlow from Joju Charging said: “It’s great to be working with Portsmouth City Council to help residents and local taxi drivers charge their electric vehicles, with this leading ‘pay-as you-go’ solution across the city.”