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Electric vehicle charging points

We have been working with the Oxfordshire Park and Charge team to plan EV charging infrastructure in our car parks.  

The Oxfordshire Park and Charge project is a £5.2million, Innovate-UK funded initiative which will be providing up to 280 fast, EV charging points across the County in 2021. The funding comes from grant funding and we are not contributing any direct finances. In West Oxfordshire, Park and Charge will see up to 35 EV charging units, providing a total of 70 EV charging points, installed across six Council car parks.

Installation roll-out

The pilot installation is at Cattle Market car park in central Bicester. Construction started 9 November 2020. The EV chargers are expected to be available for public use by the end of January or beginning of February 2021. Once this has been evaluated Park and Charge will rollout in other locations across the County.

The electricity supply will come from the National Grid so it will be whatever energy mix is in the system at that time.

Car Park location

Estimated date for start of works

Estimated public launch date

Number of EV bays created

Total parking spaces available

Woodford Way, Witney

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

12

255

Back Lane, Eynsham

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

12

74

Woodgreen WODC Offices, Witney

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

10

40

Black Bourton Road, Carterton

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

12

95

Hensington Road, Woodstock

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

12

116

New Street, Chipping Norton

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

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.