A new hub of electric vehicle (EV) chargers is set to open in Oxford later this year, offering a variety of fast and ultra-rapid charging facilities.
The hub, located at Redbridge Park & Ride, will initially house 38 fast and ultra-rapid chargers and will grow to help meet the need for EV charging in the area for the next 30 years.
Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables and Oxford City Council, have joined up with Fastned, Tesla Superchargers and Wenea to deliver the 'superhub'.
It is the first of up to 40 similar sites planned in the UK to help deliver charging infrastructure needed for the estimated 36 million EVs in use in the UK by 2040.
City councillor Tom Hayes, cabinet member for Green Transport and Zero Carbon Oxford at Oxford City Council, said: “For Oxford to go zero carbon by 2040, we need to electrify a lot more of our transportation.
“As an innovative city embracing technologies and change, Oxford is the natural home for the UK’s largest public EV charging hub.
“We are excited to be taking a major step forward in the completion of Energy Superhub Oxford, working closely and superbly with our private sector partners.
“As an ambitious city, we are excited about the prospect of further innovation and investments, building upon our record of transformational public and private sector delivery.”
Fastned will initially install 10 chargers at the Superhub with 300kW of power, capable of adding 300 miles of range in 20 minutes.
Video: Energy Superhub Oxford tour of Redbridge Park & Ride EV Superhub
Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) is one of three demonstrator projects part-funded by the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund under its 'Prospering from the Energy Revolution' (PFER) programme.
ESO - a collaboration between Pivot Power, Habitat Energy, Invinity, Kensa, Oxford University, and Oxford City Council, said the announcement is a ‘key milestone’ in the completion of the project due to open in Q4 this year, and comes as Oxford is set to launch the UK’s first Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) this August, where vehicles are charged based on their emissions, with EVs able to use the zone for free.
The £41 million project integrates EV charging, battery storage, low carbon heating and smart energy management technologies to help support Oxford to be zero carbon by 2040 or earlier.
The station will be powered by 100% renewable energy, partly generated by the company’s solar roof, where all makes and models of EVs will be able to charge at the highest rates.
The Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) England called on the Government to make ‘key reforms’ to improve confidence in public EV charging.
Matt Allen, chief executive at Pivot Power, said: “Our goal is to help the UK accelerate net zero by delivering power where it is needed to support the EV and renewable energy revolution.
“Oxford is one of 40 sites we are developing across the UK, combining up to 2GW of battery storage with high volume power connections for mass EV charging.
“Energy Superhub Oxford supports EDF’s plan to become Europe’s leading e-mobility energy company by 2023, and is a blueprint we want to replicate right across the country, working hand in hand with local communities to create cleaner, more sustainable cities where people want to live and work.”