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Oxford to see Europe’s most powerful EV charging hub

Posted: 24 May 2021 | | No comments yet

The UK’s largest public EV charging hub of 38 fast and ultra-rapid chargers will deliver 100 per cent renewable energy to EV drivers day and night.

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Pivot Power and Oxford City Council have teamed up with Fastned, Tesla Superchargers and Wenea to deliver Europe’s most powerful EV charging Superhub in Oxford.

The hub, initially featuring 38 fast and ultra-rapid chargers in a single site, with up to 10MW of power on site, will scale up to help meet the need for EV charging in the area for the next 30 years. It is the first of up to 40 similar sites planned across the UK to help deliver charging infrastructure needed for the estimated 36 million EVs by 2040.

Fastned will initially install 10 chargers at the Superhub with 300kW of power, capable of adding 300 miles of range in just 20 minutes for up to hundreds of EVs per day. The station will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, partly generated by the company’s trademark solar roof, and all makes and models of EVs will be able to charge at the highest rates possible simultaneously. Chargers will be open 24/7, requiring only a simple contactless payment.

Unlike any other UK charging hub, the site, at Redbridge Park & Ride, is directly connected to the high voltage national electricity grid, to provide the power needed to charge hundreds of EVs at the same time quickly, without putting strain on the local electricity network or requiring costly upgrades. This innovative network, developed by Pivot Power, has capacity to expand to key locations throughout Oxford to meet mass EV charging needs, from buses and taxis to commercial fleets.

The announcement is a key milestone in the completion of Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO), due to open later this year. The £41m world-first project, led by Pivot Power, integrates EV charging, battery storage, low carbon heating and smart energy management technologies to support Oxford to be zero carbon by 2040 or earlier.

ESO, due to open later in 2021, will save 10,000 tonnes of CO2 every year – the equivalent to taking over 2,000 cars off the road, increasing to 25,000 tonnes by 2032. It provides a model for cities around the UK and the world to cut carbon and improve air quality.

Matt Allen, CEO at Pivot Power (part of EDF Renewables) commented: “Energy Superhub Oxford supports EDF’s plan to become Europe’s leading e-mobility energy company by 2023, and is a blueprint we want to replicate right across the country, working hand in hand with local communities to create cleaner, more sustainable cities where people want to live and work.”

Oxford is set to launch the UK’s first Zero Emission Zone this August, where vehicles are charged based on their emissions, with EVs able to use the zone for free.

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