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Electric vehicle charging points

Park and Charge Oxfordshire, Electric Vehicle Charging Point (EVCP) project has secured £3.4 million of Innovate-UK funding and embarked on a project target to install EVCP in 24 car parks across Oxfordshire. The total value of the Park and Charge project for the county - including the commercial partner contributions - is estimated to be £5.2 million.

We have been working closely with the Park and Charge team to plan the roll out of EVCP in its car parks. Because the funding comes from Innovate UK, there is no direct cost to the Council. In West Oxfordshire, Park and Charge will see up to 35 EVCPs, providing charging to 70 parking bays, installed across six of its car parks.

Installation roll-out

The pilot installation is at Cattle Market car park in central Bicester. Charging points went live here on Thursday 27 May 2021 and we are pleased to report that EV drivers have been very positive about the new EVCP.

Due to the need for several months of real life testing of the EV charging hub at this site, the rollout of the EVCP to West Oxfordshire and other Oxfordshire car parks is now being scheduled for later this year.

Car Park location

Number of EV bays to be created

Total parking spaces available

Woodford Way, Witney

12

255

Back Lane, Eynsham

12

74

Woodgreen WODC Offices, Witney

10

40

Black Bourton Road, Carterton

12

95

Hensington Road, Woodstock

12

116

New Street, Chipping Norton

12

141

 

Who can use the charging points

Anyone will be able to use the chargers, they will be suitable for charging all makes of electric vehicle. They are particularly intended for residents without off-street parking, who cannot charge at home. They will be available to anyone at any time. Each charger will be fitted with a Type 2 connector lead.

In most car parks there will be EV charging bays that are on the ends of rows and/or are slightly wider than average, which means that many disabled drivers will be able to park in them and make use of the scheme. All car parking spaces are free across the county to Blue Badge holders, so they would only need to pay for the EV charging.

Fees for EV points

Whilst users will be encouraged to join up to the EZ-Charge subscription scheme, which will provide additional benefits to users, subscription will not be a requirement for using the chargers. All chargers will have a ‘tap and go’ payment option, where users simply use their debit/credit cards to make a contactless one-off payment.

There will be a cheaper rate for residents to charge their EVs slowly overnight than for fast charging during the day. The exact charging tariffs are yet to be confirmed but will competitive within the EV charging market.

EV parking space enforcement

In all participating Districts, the Car Parking Orders are being changed to introduce a new classification and contravention. This means we are able to give a Penalty Charge Notice to any vehicle parking in an EV Charging Only Bay that does not fit the description of an EV.