25 November 2021
Work has started this week on the UK’s largest public electric vehicle (EV) charging hub at Redbridge Park & Ride, which will see the installation of 38 fast and ultra-rapid EV chargers for drivers.
The Oxford Superhub, which is being developed by Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, and Oxford City Council, as part of Energy Superhub Oxford will be located at Redbridge Park & Ride. The start of work is a key milestone in the completion of the project, as Oxford is set to launch the UK’s first Zero Emission Zone in February 2022.
The Oxford Superhub
The Oxford Superhub at Redbridge Park & Ride, which is expected to open to the public in spring 2022.
It will see the installation of:
The Superhub will be powered by 100% renewable energy, partly generated by Fastned’s trademark solar roof, and all makes and models of EVs will be able to charge at the highest rates possible simultaneously.
Chargers will be open 24/7, offering charging for a wide range of electric vehicle types. Payment can be via a simple contactless method, as well as app based payments.
An on-site café is being planned, so that drivers can buy drinks and snacks, ensuring the charging process is as convenient as possible.
Pivot Power’s EV charging network will provide 10MW of power on site – enough to meet the growing need for EV charging in the area for the next 30 years.
Unlike any other UK charging hub, the Oxford Superhub will be directly connected to National Grid’s high voltage transmission network, providing the power needed to charge large numbers of EVs quickly, without putting strain on the local electricity network.
It will share this connection with a 50MW hybrid battery – the largest ever deployed – which will combine lithium-ion and vanadium flow technology to enable more renewable power onto the grid.
The network also has capacity to expand to key locations throughout Oxford to meet mass EV charging needs, from buses and taxis to commercial fleets.
The Oxford Superhub is one of up to 40 similar sites planned by Pivot Power across the UK to help deliver charging infrastructure for the estimated 36 million EVs by 2040.
About the works
The work, which is being coordinated by Oxford City Council, will see the installation of the EV Superhub located outside of the bus terminal.
It is expected that there will be some minor disruption to the area around the terminal, however there will be no impact on parking or the ability to use the Park & Rides buses or the terminal building.
A small number of trees will need to be removed in order to lay the cabling to the chargers, however these will be replaced on the site.
The work is expected to be completed by spring 2022.
Energy Superhub Oxford
ESO is a £41m world-first project, led by Pivot Power, which integrates rapid EV charging, hybrid battery storage, low carbon heating and smart energy management technologies to support Oxford to be zero carbon by 2040 or earlier.
The project is part-funded by government and is being delivered by a consortium of companies which comprises Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, Oxford City Council, University of Oxford, Habitat Energy, Kensa Contracting, and Invinity Energy Systems.
ESO will save 10,000 tonnes of CO2 a year once fully operational – equivalent to taking over 2,000 cars off the road, increasing to 25,000 tonnes by 2032.
The project provides a model for cities across the UK and globally to cut carbon and improve air quality.
Zero Carbon Oxford
Sales of EVs in Oxfordshire are already higher than the national average, and the Zero Carbon Oxford Roadmap shows that to reach net zero by 2040, 25% of cars in Oxford need to be electric by 2025, 80% by 2030, and 100% by 2035.
ESO will create the EV charging infrastructure needed to give more people the confidence to make the switch.
Councillor Tom Hayes, Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council and Cabinet Member for Green Transport and Zero Carbon Oxford, Oxford City Council said: “This is an exciting next step in the Energy Superhub Oxford project, and I am delighted that work has now started at Redbridge Park & Ride to install the UK’s largest public electric vehicle hub. Providing electric vehicle charging infrastructure is crucial to help us achieve a Zero Carbon Oxford by 2040 and to support the uptake of electric vehicles.”
Tim Rose, programme manager for Energy Superhub Oxford at Pivot Power, said: “Energy Superhub Oxford is creating the power infrastructure needed to supercharge electric vehicle uptake across Oxford and meet the demand for fast, easy and reliable charging for decades to come. Pivot Power is proud to be delivering this visionary project in partnership with Oxford City Council, to accelerate net zero and create a blueprint for cleaner, greener cities across the UK and beyond.”