Oxford to trial pop up electric vehicle charging points

Oxford is awarded £470,000 to trial the world’s first pop up electric vehicle charging points on its streets

  • Oxford residents will soon be able to charge electric vehicles at pop-up outlets
  • The power points will be retractable and stay underground when not in use
  • Nearly half a million pounds worth of funding will see them on residential streets
  • This world-first initiative could help combat extremely high levels of air pollution
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The historic city of Oxford will be the first in the world to trial pop-up electric vehicle charging points on residential streets.

Oxford City Council says it is ‘thrilled’ to have secured almost half a million pounds for the retractable charging bollards.

The £470,000 ($630,000) cash injection will help develop the system, which will be app-operated, with the bollards retreating underground when not in use.

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Oxford City Council says it is ‘thrilled’ to have secured almost half a million pounds for the retractable charging bollards (pictured). They have been developed by electric vehicle charging firm Urban Electric and target the 43 per cent of UK homes with on-street parking

The bollards have been developed by electric vehicle charging firm Urban Electric, with the 43 per cent of UK homes who have only on-street car parking in mind.

And the trial will see Oxford become the first city to use the UEone bollards, with 20 of the charging points installed on residential streets across the city.

Oxford City Council, alongside Urban Electric and product design company Duku, won a bid to receive the funding from Innovate UK, the Government’s innovation agency.

Now, the city council is calling for residents who wish to take part in the trial to get in touch.

Tom Hayes, council board member for safer and greener environment, said: ‘I’m thrilled that the council has secure funding to support the world’s first pop-up electric vehicle charging points trial.

‘We have set ourselves the big goal of introducing the world’s first zero-emissions zone to clean up our toxic and illegal air.

‘But we will only achieve that goal if we support and encourage local drivers to replace their older polluting vehicles with cleaner versions.

‘Everything Oxford does to tackle emissions has to be practical if it’s going to be effective – and this sits within our practical approach to cleaning up our dirty air.’


The historic city of Oxford will be the first in the world to trial pop-up electric vehicle charging points on residential streets. it is part of the city’s council to reduce air pollution and further lower Oxford’s toxic emissions (stock)

The project will cost £600,000 ($800,000) in total, with the remaining funding coming from Urban Electric via private investment.

The council’s Sustainable Cities team will work with the authority’s company Oxford Direct Services and Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) to install them.

The UEone project will support the Go Ultra Low trial, which is being coordinated by the city council and Oxfordshire County Council.

As part of Go Ultra Low, 100 electric vehicle charging points are being installed in residential streets across Oxford – another project thought to be a world first on that scale.

All projects aim to reduce air pollution and further lower Oxford’s toxic emissions.

In March, the Government pledged to adopt a ‘more formal approach’ to support the city council to tackle Oxford’s illegal levels of air pollution.

Olivier Freeling-Wilkinson, a co-founder of Urban Electric, said: ‘The cheapest, most convenient and grid-friendly way to charge an electric vehicle is at home.

‘And yet, up to 85 per cent of households in some urban residential areas cannot do so because they park on-street.’

WHAT ARE THE TOP FIVE FASTEST PRODUCTION ELECTRIC CARS IN THE WORLD?

The electric supercar market has ramped up in recent years, with several companies – many of them small startups – vying to build the quickest.

Electric cars have rapid acceleration largely because combustion engines cannot produce immediate torque, while electric engines can.

This means that many of the world’s fastest production electric cars, which are road legal, accelerate faster than most Formula One vehicles.

Here are the top five fastest production electric cars.

1) Rimac Concept Two: 0-60mph (0-100kph) in 1.85 seconds

2) Tesla’s next generation Roadster: 0-60 in 1.9 seconds 

3) Aspark Owl: 0-60 in 1.921 seconds

4) Faraday Future FF 91: 0-60 in 2.39 seconds

5) Tesla Model S P100D: 0-60 in 2.4 seconds 


The electric supercar market has ramped up in recent years, with several companies – many of them small startups – vying to build the quickest. Pictured is Tesla’s next generation Roadster, due for release in 2020

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