Europe’s most powerful EV charging hub to open in Oxford this year Car News

A UK-based consortium will open Europe’s most powerful EV charging station in Oxford later this year.

Infrastructure company Pivot Power and Oxford City Council will join forces with charging company Fastned, Tesla and charger supplier Wenea to deliver 38 fast and super-fast chargers to Redbridge Park and Ride.

The chargers will be powered by up to 10 MW of power consumed, unlike other UK hubs, directly from the national grid. This makes the Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) the most powerful charging site of its kind in Europe, according to Pivot Power.

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Ten 300 kW chargers, which will be able to add 300 miles of range to an electric vehicle in 20 minutes, will initially be installed by Fastned, with 28 more chargers to follow in time for ESO to open as early as November of this year.

Wenea will install 16 of these additional chargers. These chargers will have a nominal power of 7 to 22 kW and will be compatible with most electric vehicles. The final 12 chargers will be Tesla 250 kW Superchargers intended for use only by Tesla drivers.

ESO is part of a larger campaign to reduce CO2 emissions at Oxford, led by Pivot Power, which has £ 41million in funding to integrate electric vehicle charging, battery storage , low carbon heating and smart energy management technologies to help Oxford go zero. -carbon by 2040 or before.

The hub is the first of 40 similar sites planned by Pivot Power across the UK to help provide the charging infrastructure needed for what the company estimates will be 36 million electric vehicles on UK roads by 2040. Other venues being considered for Superhubs include Coventry, Birmingham and Manchester.

Matt Allen, Director of Pivot Power, said: “Our aim is to help the UK accelerate [to] net-zero by delivering energy where it’s needed to support the EV and renewable energy revolution.

“Oxford is one of 40 locations we are developing across the UK, combining up to 2GW of battery storage with high volume power connections for mass EV charging.”

ESO follows confirmation by Oxford City Council of its intention to open the UK’s first Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) in August this year. The area, which will encompass a handful of streets in the city center, will charge each non-zero-emission car between £ 2 and £ 10 to enter.


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