Oxford, Home To One Of The World’s Best Universities, Wants To Lead Way In Electric Vehicle Charging

A project that is claimed to be the “first on-street charging pilot of its size in the world”, a program to install around 100 electric vehicle charging stations in Oxford is underway.

With the plan to roll out the charging stations on residential streets in order to “help people go electric”, Oxford City Council said it had partnered with Oxfordshire County Council in an announcement mad every recently.

Technologies that could include the retrofitting of lampposts with charging stations, the city council said that the trial would see six different charging technologies installed.

There are plans to install 10 stations for members of the Co-wheels Car Club, 10 for individual households and 10 to be available for the general public, a total of 30 charging stations would be installed during the first phase of the program. Low emission hybrid and electric cars on a “pay as you go” platform is provided to drivers by Co-wheels which is a national car club.

With the trial planned to be run for 12 months, the first of the charging stations will be ready to be used in October. Approximately 100 residential street sites would be created after the trial with the technology solution that would be found to work best.

Good Energy, a renewable energy business which has a network of solar, hydro, biofuel and wind generators, will be the provider source for every supplied at the public chargers.

Researchers at the University of Oxford’s Transport Studies Unit will collate feedback from residents on the charging stations. In order to help inform decisions on both national and local authority investment on charging stations, the results will be shared with the U.K. government.

“The project has global scientific significance because we know surprisingly little about how electric vehicle users and local communities adapt to new charging infrastructure, especially if this is provided on residential streets where availability of a parking space is not guaranteed,” Tim Schwanen, director of the Transport Studies Unit, said in a statement.

The project was an example of using Oxford as a “living lab”, said Ian Hudspeth, the leader of Oxfordshire County Council.

“The pilot element of the project is a learning experience – identifying the best charging solutions for different situations and locations and using our assets in better, smarter ways will help minimize costs,” he said. “We hope to take what we have learnt from this project and look at how we can support on street charging across the whole of Oxfordshire.”

(Adapted from CNBC)


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