A pilot project trialing 30 on-street electric vehicle (EV) chargers that connect directly to a household’s electricity supply is to be run across Oxford and Cherwell.

Having been awarded funding by Innovate UK and the Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles, Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford Direct Services are now expecting installations to start in between December 2021 and January 2022.

The project is to test on-street EV charging using a specially designed ‘gully’ or channel installed into the pavement which allows residents to safely connect their EV to their home electricity supply when parked outside their home.

Through the connection to a household’s electricity supply, the charging is cheaper and more convenient than a typical on-street charger, the council said. It also enables residents to charge their EVs directly from solar panels if installed.

The channel will also be seamlessly integrated into the pavement and has been designed so that cables don’t cause a slip or trip hazard.

The project is a continuation of a 2020 scheme between Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford Direct Services, with the latter being a social enterprise owned by the council. It also builds on previous work completed in the Go Ultra Low Oxford Project.

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