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Oxford to launch EV charging superhub in time for Zero Emission Zone

Oxford City Council and Pivot Power have started work on installing 38 fast and rapid chargers ahead of a planned Oxford Superhub launch in February 2022.

Oxford is set to launch the UK’s first Zero Emission Zone in February and the new 24/7 electric vehicle “superhub” at Redbridge Park & Ride is part of the Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) plans, which aims to eliminate 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.

The superhub will feature 10 Fastned chargers with up to 300kW of power, capable of adding up to 300 miles of range in 20 minutes for “hundreds of EV drivers per day”.

As demand grows, Fastned will bring the charger total to at least 14.

There will also be 16 Gamma Energy chargers with between 7-22kW of power and 12 250kW Tesla Superchargers.

The Superhub will be powered by 100% renewable energy, partly generated by Fastned’s trademark solar roof, and all makes and models of EVs will be able to charge “at the highest rates possible simultaneously”.

Payment can be via a simple contactless method, as well as app based payments.

An on-site café is being planned, so that drivers can buy drinks and snacks, ensuring the charging process is as convenient as possible.

Pivot Power, which is part of EDF Renewables, will provide 10MW of power on site – which it says is enough to meet the growing need for EV charging in the area for the next 30 years.

The Oxford Superhub will be directly connected to National Grid’s high voltage transmission network, providing the power needed to charge large numbers of EVs quickly, without putting strain on the local electricity network.

It will share this connection with a 50MW hybrid battery – which will combine lithium-ion and vanadium flow technology to enable more renewable power onto the grid.

The network also has capacity to expand to key locations throughout Oxford to meet mass EV charging needs, from buses and taxis to commercial fleets.

The Oxford Superhub is one of up to 40 similar sites planned by Pivot Power across the UK to help deliver charging infrastructure for the estimated 36 million EVs by 2040.

Zero carbon Oxford

ESO supports the Council’s ambition to become a Zero Carbon Council by 2030 or earlier, and achieve a Zero Carbon Oxford by 2040 or earlier, 10 years ahead of the Government’s 2050 deadline.

Sales of EVs in Oxfordshire are already higher than the national average, and the Zero Carbon Oxford Roadmap shows that to reach net zero by 2040, 25% of cars in Oxford need to be electric by 2025, 80% by 2030, and 100% by 2035.

Councillor Tom Hayes,deputy leader of Oxford City Council and cabinet member for green transport and Zero Carbon Oxford, Oxford City Council, said: “Providing electric vehicle charging infrastructure is crucial to help us achieve a Zero Carbon Oxford by 2040 and to support the uptake of electric vehicles.”

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