Europe’s most powerful electric vehicle charging centre has officially opened in Oxford, in what a leading MP described as a “game changer” for motorists.
Oxford City Council has joined forces with Pivot Power, Fastned, Tesla Superchargers and Wenea to open what is believed to be the largest charging centre in Europe.
The site will initially offer fast and ultra-fast charging for 42 vehicles simultaneously.
The total capacity of the charging centre at Redbridge Park and Ride will eventually be able to charge 400 vehicles at a time, with plans to support the 36 million electric vehicles expected to be on UK roads by 2040.
The project is part of a nationwide network of energy super-hubs developed by Pivot Power that uses renewable energy to power electric vehicles.
It was part of a successful £10.26m bid for the Oxford element of the entire £41m project.
The rest of the funding comes from other partners involved in multi-million pound projects.
Drivers will only be charged for parking if they stay in the Park and Ride for more than an hour.
The current charges at the hub are:
Fastned: 54p per kWh for pay-as-you go charging, which can be accessed via contactless bank card, ApplePay, AndroidPay or a RFID charge card from roaming partners, Fastned App, or Autocharge. Customers can pay £9.99 per month to access charging at 35p per kWh.
Tesla: £0.49 per kWh.
Wenea: 46p per kWh. Clients can pay via contactless debit or credit card and Wenea App.
Oxford City Council councillor Imogen Thomas, cabinet member for Zero Carbon Oxford and climate justice, said: “Oxford has a history of being ambitious as we look to adopt new and exciting transport approaches in our city.
“Redbridge was the location of the country’s first full running Park & Ride in 1973, and now almost 50 years later, we are home to Europe’s most powerful electric vehicle charging hub.
“The completion of Energy Super Hub Oxford is an exciting step for our city and the future of Electric Vehicle charging.”
Councillor Emily Kerr, who represents St Mary and is a transport spokeswoman for the Green Group, said the charging centres were “good news” and a “game changer” for Oxford’s decarbonisation.
The Green councillor explained that the hub will be useful for electric taxis and delivery vehicles in the city, as well as people who own and share electric vehicles.
She said: “For those of us who use electric vehicles, they are so great to drive but hard to charge.
“The new hub is so fast and there are so many spaces. I think it is really going to drive uptake of electric vehicles which will help us get to the goals of decarbonisation.”
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