TRIALS involving 30 on-street electric vehicle charge points that are connected to a household’s electricity supply have been launched across Oxford and Cherwell.

The project is set to test a solution for those looking at or who already own electric vehicles (EVs), but who have no access to off-street parking to conveniently recharge their car.

Funded by Innovate UK and the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, the trials will be delivered by Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford Direct Services, a Local Authority Trading Company owned by Oxford City Council.

The tests will involve a specially designed channel installed into the pavement, allowing residents to safely connect their EV to their home electricity supply when parked outside their home.

Current solutions involve a kerbside unit or one mounted to a lamppost which don’t link into a households utility bills. Either that or trailing cables across a street which is potentially extremely unsafe for pedestrians.

Councillor Pete Sudbury, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Climate Change Delivery and Environment, said:

We know that electric vehicle uptake is going to increase in the next five years in Oxfordshire, but a lack of suitable charging can be a barrier, especially for the estimated 30-40 per cent of Oxfordshire residents who have no access to off-street parking and can’t install a home charger. This trial will have those people especially in mind. I look forward to seeing them begin.

Volunteers to take part in the trial are being invited to put their names forward, with installations expected to start in December 2021 and into January 2022. To qualify, participants must own of have frequent access to a plug-in car or van, live in a property where they cannot park off-street, and be willing to feedback as part of the project’s research.

Show CommentsClose Comments

Leave a comment