19th October 2021 | The Bristol Harbour Hotel, Bristol, UK

Categories and Criteria​

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 physical 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 2 September 2020, and prior to the close of this year’s nominations window (27 August 2021).

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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 2 September 2020, and prior to the close of this year’s nominations window (27 August 2021).

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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 2 September 2020 and prior to the close of this year’s nominations window (27 August 2021). Customer testimonials are encouraged, and specific technical details relating to equipment performance will also be welcomed.

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This category is open to chargepoint network operators, including any local authority or private sector company operating a branded EV charging network that is open for public use. Nominations should include details of charging bays, destinations and technologies used, as well as evidence of customer satisfaction, use of renewable energy and all-round strategy for the decarbonisation of transport. Judges will score entries based on customer satisfaction, availability, technological innovation and commitment to maintenance and improvement. For consideration in this award, any examples or case studies used must be for facilities opened prior to the close of the nominations window (27 August 2021). 

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This category will recognise the achievements of OEMs in introducing electric vehicles of all shapes and sizes into their portfolios. It will be judged on the merits of the manufacturer’s existing suite of electric cars and any others launched between 2 September 2020 and 27 August 2021. 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.

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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 2 September 2020 and prior to the close of this year’s nominations window (27 August 2021).

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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. Special credence will be given to evidence submitted relating to actions taken by the PTA between 2 September 2020 and 27 August 2021.

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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, however additional credence will be given to propositions to have launched or achieved certain milestones after 2 September 2020.

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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.

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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. Only evidence submitted for works conducted between 2 September 2020 and 27 August 2021 will be eligible for consideration, and entries without that detail will be judged accordingly.

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The Best New Product or Service award will recognise any consumer-facing product or service in the electric vehicle sphere launched since 2 September 2020, but prior to the close of this year’s nominations window (27 August 2021). 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.

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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.

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

There are strict eligibility criteria in place for this award, and we will only accept nominations from companies launched less than two years prior to the opening of the nomination window (21 April 2021), therefore companies launched prior to 21 April 2019 will not be eligible for this award. Furthermore, companies with more than 20 full-time employees are not eligible for this award.

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.

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This award is to recognise specific, individual EV charging destinations for public access, 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 three EV charging bays open to the general public.


Nominations should include details of the hardware and technology installed, other facilities at the destination (i.e. shops, working stations, food outlets) and evidence of customer satisfaction. To qualify, any destination must have been open to the public by the close of the nominations window (27 August 2021), and must have been opened after 1 September 2020.

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