A joint project aims to bring Europe’s most powerful electric car charging hub to Oxford later this year.
Set to be introduced as part of a £41m project to cut pollution in the city, the new forecourt is being built in partnership with Pivot Power, Oxford City Council, Tesla, Wenea and Fastned.
Called a ‘Superhub’, the location will be the largest electric car charging station in the UK and thanks to a range of electric car chargers, is set to be the most powerful forecourt of its type in Europe. The firms say that 10MW of power is available on site, and it will be scaled up even further as electric cars become more powerful. Up to 40 similar stations are also said to be planned across the UK.
Located at the Redbridge Park & Ride to the south of the city and close to the busy A34 main road, the station is set to be powered solely with renewable energy and will be directly connected to the grid to enable it to be as powerful as possible.
European rapid charging firm Fastned will install 10 chargers at the hub, which will be capable of delivering up to 300kW of power, and enabling up to 300 miles of range to be added in just 20 minutes on electric cars capable of charging at such speeds.
Another EV charging firm Wenea will install 16 slower chargers capable of deploying seven to 22kW, while Tesla will introduce 12 of its impressive 250kW Superchargers, which can only be used by the brand’s Model 3, Model S and Model X models.
Matt Allen, CEO at Pivot Power, said: “Our goal is to help the UK accelerate net zero by delivering power where it is needed to support the EV and renewable energy revolution. Oxford is one of 40 sites we are developing across the UK, combining up to 2GW of battery storage with high volume power connections for mass EV charging.
“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.”
The site is set to open in the fourth quarter of this year, and will coincide with a new low-emission zone that’s being introduced to Oxford.