Electric vehicle charging points
The Park and Charge Oxfordshire project will soon be installing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in five of the District Council’s public car parks, including:
- Woodford Way in Witney
- New Street in Chipping Norton
- Black Bourton Road in Carterton
- Hensington Road in Woodstock
- Back Lane in Eynsham
West Oxfordshire District Council has been working closely with the Park and Charge team at Oxfordshire County Council and EZ-Charge - the Charging Point Operator - to plan the roll out of the new charging points. This project is mainly government funded, and will provide up to 280 fast, EV charging points across the whole of the County during late 2021/early 2022. New EVCPs in our public car parks will facilitate greener modes of travel, helping local residents, visitors and commuters make a transition to an electric vehicle.
A minimum of six charging points, serving 12 parking bays, will be installed in each of the five public car parks owned by West Oxfordshire District Council. Park and Charge Oxfordshire will see 32 EV charging units, providing a total of 64 EV charging bays, across five public car parks. This makes a significant contribution towards the District Council’s Climate Change Strategy and objectives under “Active Travel and Low-Carbon Transport” where we commit to:
“delivering EV infrastructure across the district, at sites in Council ownership, meeting the policy ambitions and standards set out within the Oxfordshire EV Infrastructure Strategy and aspire to reach a target of 7.5% of local-authority-managed car-parking spaces providing EV charging by 2025.”
In line with the project’s Innovate-UK funding requirements, car park locations have been selected based on a variety of key criteria, including the suitability of the electrical connection to the grid, the proportion of nearby households without off-street parking, the population and car ownership levels of surrounding neighbourhoods, and consideration of the crime and vehicle crime statistics of the area.
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.