'Global scientific significance' is quite a claim, and perhaps a bit of a stretch of the imagination, but this is Oxford! Without question though it is an interesting and worthwhile trial. The question of urban mobility is of course a complex one, but there is no doubt, in the short to medium term at least, EV vehicles will have a large part to play. How we charge them, and what other uses we can have for them (V2G etc) is a important question for all cities and urban areas.
Oxford is set to become home to what is thought to be the largest electric vehicle charging pilot of its kind in the world with a project that will see 100 charging stations deployed on the city’s residential streets. The initiative stems from an £800,000 grant won by Oxford as part of the £40 million Go Ultra Low Cities scheme and will see six different charging technologies installed. Ranging from slim line charging posts to smart chargers connected to lamp posts that are already being trialled in London, the aim is to find the best solutions for Oxford residents. Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Oxfordshire County Council leader, said: “This is a great project and a great example of using Oxford as a ‘living lab’ to get new ideas on the ground fast to benefit residents.