Oxfordshire to get 22 new parks and charging sites

Oxfordshire is to acquire 22 new parks and charging sites as part of the government’s drive to reduce the use of fossil fuel cars.

Cherwell District Council’s Windsor Street car park in Banbury has had 10 new charging points installed, which are operational to date.

While the Curtis Place car park in Kidlington has been fitted with 12 more which will be operational on May 20.

Fast chargers are ideal for a quick charge or a full charge overnight. Parking at both sites is free between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Councilor Dan Sames, Cherwell District Council Senior Member for Clean and Green, said: “We strongly believe that a widespread charging network will help move away from fossil fuel cars.

“We have opened the first park and charge in Bicester at Cattle Market, which is already well used. These new sites extend charging facilities further into the Cherwell district.

“In addition, these chargers were designed and manufactured from scratch by Bicester-based SME Zeta Specialist Lighting.

“They are a great example of the innovation and skilled employment that the city, with its strong automotive and aviation ties, is able to provide.

“We estimate that by 2030, one in five cars on our roads will be powered by electricity.

“Using council-owned car parks to facilitate adoption by local people who may not be able to easily charge at home is one way to drive this positive change.”

An estimated 30-40% of Oxfordshire residents do not have private parking or a driveway suitable for home chargers. This makes public car parks a useful solution.

Drivers will be able to pay their load with contactless payments, and no membership is required.

Chargers range in power from seven to 22 kilowatts, which is enough to power a car for a 60-mile drive on two hours of charging, depending on the car model.

These new additions fall under Oxfordshire’s Park and Charge project, which is a £5.4m scheme funded primarily by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles through Innovate UK and the On-Street Residential Chargepoint scheme.

The project aims to give residents and visitors access to well-positioned parking lots, charging stations and a multitude of resources to enable the transition to the use of electric vehicles.

Business partners provided the rest of the funding, meaning there is no cost to the board.

Further charging stations are planned at Cherwell car parks in Claremont in Bicester and Calthorpe Street West in Banbury.

Both sites will have their chargers ready for public use in the coming weeks.

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