Categories and Criteria​

Don’t forget, if you don’t think you fit the criteria for any of our categories this year, you can nominate your peers and clients!

The Private Sector Infrastructure Strategy of the Year award is to celebrate private sector companies that have gone above and beyond to further the penetration of EV infrastructure.

Nominations should include details of any hardware installations or planning, workplace schemes to encourage behavioural change, and any planning to underpin those elements, including commitment to renewable energy procurement.

Nominations are strictly limited to private sector companies – both limited and public – however there is no geographical limit to this category.

All works must have been completed on or after 3 June 2018, and prior to the close of this year’s nominations window.

The Public Sector Infrastructure Strategy of the Year awards will recognise the work local authorities, regional councils and other public sector bodies have done to further the growth of electric vehicles by installing EV infrastructure.

Nominations should include details of overall schemes of works, installations and any planning or overall strategy that underpins the body’s commitment to electric vehicles.

While we expect such infrastructure projects to focus primarily on the actual charge points, we will also consider the inclusion of associated works, be it network-related technologies to mitigate the impact of EVs, battery storage, on-site generation or a combination of those listed.

Nominations for this category is strictly limited to those in the public sector. All works must have been completed on or after 3 June 2018, and prior to the close of this year’s nominations window.

This category will celebrate the hardware manufacturers actively supplying the market.

All chargepoint speeds will be considered and judged against their design, consumer benefits, customer experience and innovation.

Products referenced must have been released on or after 3 June 2018 and prior to the close of this year’s nominations window.

Customer testimonials are encouraged, and specific technical details relating to equipment performance will also be welcomed.

This category is open to chargepoint network operators.

  • Charge point operators and networks
  • Local authorities and private sector companies operating a branded network

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This award is reserved for specific, individual EV charging destinations, be they motorway service stations, public car parks, retail outlets or any other publicly accessible charging destination. To qualify, any destination must have more than two EV charging bays open to the general public. Nominations should include details of the hardware installed, other facilities at the destination and evidence of customer satisfaction. To qualify, any destination must have been open to the public by the close of the nominations window.

This category is open to destinations operational prior to 3 June 2018, however special attention will be given to customer satisfaction achieved since that date.

The Best On-Street Charging category is to recognise providers of on-street charging solutions.

Any and all technologies are welcomed and encouraged to nominate, including details on how it provides a viable EV charging alternative to consumers without access to off-street parking.

All submissions must include technical product details and consumer testimonials and, if possible, evidence of any particularly deployment initiatives or programmes the technology has been adopted by.

One of two categories recognising OEMs in this year’s awards, the ‘Car’ category will recognise achievements by OEMs in introducing electric cars to their portfolios.

It will be judged on the merits of the manufacturer’s existing suite of electric cars and any others launched since 3 June 2018, but prior to the close of the nominations window.

The category will also recognise research and development commitments, consumer engagement and overall electrification strategy, including partnerships with charging manufacturers, network operators and energy companies.

This category will focus specifically on OEMs manufacturing electric buses and/or other commercial vehicles, be they freight, logistics or public transport vehicles. OEMs will be judges on the merits of their existing portfolio of vehicles, with special consideration given to launches made after 3 June 2018 but prior to the close of this year’s nominations window.

The category will also recognise research and development commitments, consumer engagement and overall electrification strategy, including partnerships with charging manufacturers, network operators and energy companies.

This category is geared towards both private and public sector companies/organisations that have embarked on a fleet electrifications strategy or initiative, but far from just rolling out electric vehicles, the award will be presented to the organisation that provides details of the wider strategy. This can include power procurement, employee engagement and/or behavioural change, energy management strategies and any innovative or novel technologies adopted as part of the strategy.

Details of the strategy must have been released after 3 June 2018 and prior to the close of this year’s nominations window.

The Public Transport Authority of the Year category celebrates the successes of local authority transport strategies in their specific regions.

Nominations will be strictly limited to those in England, Wales, Scotland & Ireland. Nominations should include news of the authority’s track record in managing EV uptake and adoption, its EV infrastructure track record, how the authority has engaged with both consumers and the EV sector, and any investments it has made into the space.

While there is no timeframe attached for this information, greater importance will be placed on more recent evidence. 

This award will celebrate owners and/or operators of EV charging infrastructure and how they have worked to put into place an energy management strategy that promotes the efficient and environmentally friendly supply of power for their infrastructure.

Nominations should include details surrounding where their energy is procured from and how, any on-site generation or battery storage at the network’s disposal, any flexibility provision the network is signed up for and any innovative strategies or technologies that have been undertaken to mitigate against price increases.

This category will recognise utilities or energy companies that have brought to market a consumer-facing proposition, product or service.

While it is anticipated that utilities or energy companies will enter, propositions that include different services from entities outside of the energy sector are also welcomed.

Judges will score entries based on the scope of the proposition, any innovative approach used, customer satisfaction and overall impact on the EV sector itself. There are no geographical or time-based parameters attached to this category.

The innovation in V2G Award has been introduced to recognise those furthering development of what is being billed as one of the most important technologies in the clean energy transition.

Nominations should include specific, technical detail behind how the nominee has developed vehicle-to-grid technologies, and case studies of deployment in real-world situations are especially welcomed.

There is no geographical or time-based limit to this award.

Our judges will be asked to reflect on the merit of technologies that are ready for real-world testing or deployment and those still at the pilot phase.

This category is to recognise the introduction of energy storage technologies into the EV sector.

This award is not geared towards batteries used onboard electric vehicles, but rather those used in conjunction with electric vehicle charging infrastructure, for either power procurement benefits or to mitigate against the grid impact of EV charging.

We are looking to hear from charging network owners and operators, battery storage owners/developers and network operators themselves, but this category is not specifically limited to those.

Nominations should include technical details of the way energy storage is being used, what makes that nomination particularly innovative and details of specific benefits deriving from the use of energy storage.

Our Contractor of the Year award recognises those companies at the forefront of EV charge point installation.

Eligible businesses include contractors and subcontractors responsible any end of EV charge point installation, including design, installation, operation, optimisation and/or maintenance.

Nominees should include details of their scope of works, achievements of the previous year and provide evidence of a track record of exemplary work. 

The Best New Product or Service award will recognise any consumer-facing product or service in the electric vehicle sphere launched since 3 June 2018, but prior to the close of this year’s nominations window.

Any and all products and services are encouraged to apply for this category, so long as they provide a real and tangible benefit to EV consumers.

Nominations should include precise details of how the product/service operates, what makes it different to others in the market, figures relating to scale and uptake of it and, crucially, customer testimonials.

This category has been introduced to recognise the significant amount of capital and finance the electric vehicle sector is attracting.

The award is open, but not limited to, companies that have attracted or raised finance or investment, been involved in M&A activity or refinanced portfolios of infrastructure.

Any ‘transaction’ must have been completed on or after 3 June 2018 and prior to the close of this year’s nominations window.

While we acknowledge some details may not be able to be shared, the more detailed the submission the better for our judges to recognise its impact.

All nominations are provided on a confidential basis and will not be shared beyond the judging panel.

This award will celebrate those working in the electric vehicle sector under the age of 30, recognising professional achievements, entrepreneurship and influence.

Those interested in this award can either nominate themselves or be nominated by their companies/networks, however all nominations must include details of the company they work for, a track record of their achievements to date and how their work has been to the overall betterment of the EV sector.

Any and all job titles will be considered for this award. 

This award is specially designed to celebrate the achievements of start-up companies and new entrants to the EV market.

There is a strict eligibility criteria in place for this award, and we will only accept nominations rom companies launched less than two years prior to the opening of this nomination window (3 June 2019).

Nominations should include details of the service the company provides, any industry innovations it has introduced and provide a succinct summary of the company’s first two years in action.