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Electric vehicle charging points

As part of Park and Charge Oxfordshire there are now electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs in five of the District Council’s public car parks, including:

  1. Woodford Way, Witney
  2. New Street, Chipping Norton
  3. Black Bourton Road, Carterton
  4. Hensington Road, Woodstock
  5. Back Lane, Eynsham

The Council has worked in close partnership with the Park and Charge team at Oxfordshire County Council and with the Charging Point Operator, EZ-Charge, to roll out all new EV charging points and essential infrastructure supporting local residents, visitors and commuters in making their transition to an electric vehicle. A minimum of six charging points, serving 12 parking bays, have been installed in each of the five public car parks owned by the Council with a total of 32 EV charging units charging 64 parking bays across the District. This makes a significant contribution towards the District Council’s Climate Change Strategy and objectives under "Active Travel and Low-Carbon Transport" where the Council commits 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 Government funding requirements, car park locations were 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 can use the charging points as they are suitable for charging all makes of electric vehicle. They are particularly intended for residents without off-street parking, who cannot charge at home and are available to anyone at any time. Each charger is fitted with a Type 2 connector lead.

In most of our car parks there are 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.

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 have a ‘tap and go’ payment option, where users simply use their debit/credit cards to make a contactless one-off payment.

There is a cheaper rate for residents to charge their EVs slowly overnight than for fast charging during the day.

All charging tariffs are being kept competitive within the EV charging market.

EV parking space enforcement

Car Parking Orders have been changed to introduce a new classification and contravention. This means the Council is 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.