Windsor Street charging points go live


The chargers can supply enough charge for around a 60-mile range with two hours’ charging

Ten new electric vehicle charging points are being switched on in Banbury today.   The fast chargers will be powered up at Cherwell District Council’s Windsor Street car park.

The chargers have outputs ranging from 7 to 22 kilowatts, which is enough to provide around a 60-mile range with two hours’ charging, dependant on the model of car.   They are ideal for either a quick top-up or a full, overnight charge. Parking is free after 6pm until 8am the next day.

Users will be able to pay for their charge using contactless payments and no membership is required.

Work is currently underway to install charging points in the Council’s Calthorpe Street car park and elsewhere in the Cherwell District 12 charging points will go live at Curtis Place car park in Kidlington on Friday.

Councillor Dan Sames, Cherwell District Council’s Lead Member for Clean and Green, said: “We firmly believe that a widespread charging network will help fuel the move away from fossil fuel powered cars. We opened the first park and charge in Bicester at Cattle Market, which is already well used. These new sites extend charging facilities further within Cherwell district.

“What’s more, these chargers were designed and built from scratch by Bicester-based SME Zeta Specialist Lighting. They are an excellent example of the innovation and skilled employment that the town, with its strong links to motoring and aviation, is capable of delivering.

“We estimate that by 2030 one in five cars on our roads will be powered by electricity. Making use of council-owned car parks to facilitate adoption by local people who perhaps can’t easily charge at home is one way of driving this positive change.”

It’s estimated that 30 to 40 per cent of Oxfordshire residents don’t have a driveway or private parking suitable for home chargers, making public car parks an important solution.

Park and charge is £5.4 million project funded primarily by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles through Innovate UK and the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme.  Not costs have been incurred by the council as commercial partners have provided the rest of the funding.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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