The world best University Oxford took another great step which is to install around 100 electric vehicle charging stations is proceeding. And this is claimed to be the “first on-street charging pilot of its size in the world.”
On Tuesday, Oxford City Council said in an announcement that it had joined with the Oxfordshire County Council to roll out the charging stations on residential streets in order to “help people go electric.”
It is also said by the city council that six different charging technologies installed, including the retrofitting of lampposts with charging stations would observe under trial.
In the first phase, 10 stations installed will be checked, along with 10 open for the general public, 10 for the specific households, and 10 for the members of the Co-wheels Car Club. Co-wheels is the national car club which gives drivers with low giving off, hybrid and electric cars on a “pay as you go” platform.
In the month of October, the charging stations by Oxford will be ready for use. And the trial period will be based on 12 months. And the result which will work best then used on around 100 residential street sites. The Good Energy will provide energy for the public chargers. Good Energy is the renewable energy corporate which has a grid of solar, hydro, biofuel, and wind generators.
Researchers at the University of Oxford’s Transport Studies Unit will be collated the feedback by the residents on the charging stations. And then the outcomes will be communal with the U.K. government to support update decisions on both national and local authority investment on charging stations.
Director of the Transport Studies Unit Mr. Tim Schwanen said: “The project has global scientific significance because we know surprisingly little about how the electric vehicle and local communities adapt to new charging infrastructure, especially if this is provided on residential streets where availability of a parking space is not guaranteed.”
The leader of Oxfordshire County Council Mr. Ian Hudspeth said about the project that it was an example of using Oxford as a “living lab.”
He said: “The pilot element of the project is a learning experience identifying the best charging solutions for different situations and locations and using our assets in better, smarter ways will help minimize costs. We hope to take what we have learned from this project and look at how we can support on street charging across the whole of Oxfordshire.”