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Europe’s ‘most powerful EV charging hub’ opens in Oxford

by Sion Geschwindt
Europe’s 'most powerful EV charging hub' opens in Oxford

Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, alongside Oxford City Council, Fastned, Tesla Superchargers, and Wenea, has officially opened Europe’s most powerful electric vehicle (EV) charging hub, marking the completion of Energy Superhub Oxford.

The hub will provide fast and ultra-rapid charging for 42 vehicles at Oxford’s Redbridge Park and Ride.

The charging station will be powered entirely by renewable energy. With 10 MW of installed capacity on site, Pivot Power said the hub could eventually provide charging for 400 vehicles, helping to support the estimated 36 million EVs expected on UK roads by 2040.

The charging infrastructure is made up of 10 Fastned rapid chargers, 20 Wenea charging bays, and 12 250 kW Tesla Superchargers for Tesla owners.

The site is directly connected to National Grid’s high voltage transmission network via a four-mile underground cable.

A substation has already been installed at Oxford Bus Company’s Watlington Road depot, ready to support the company’s plans to introduce over 100 electric buses in the coming two years.

As part of the project, Energy Superhub Oxford has contributed almost £900,000 towards the procurement of 40 EVs, including cars, vans, road sweepers, tipper trucks, and a bin lorry for the Oxford City Council.

Councillor Imogen Thomas, Cabinet Member for Zero Carbon Oxford and Climate Justice, Oxford City Council, said: “Oxford has a history of being ambitious as we look to adopt new and exciting transport approaches in our city.

“Redbridge was the location of the country’s first full running Park & Ride in 1973, and now almost 50 years later, we are home to Europe’s most powerful electric vehicle charging hub.

“In order to achieve a Zero Carbon Oxford by 2040 we need to encourage uptake in electric vehicles, and drivers want to know that they can charge their vehicles quickly and efficiently.

“The completion of Energy Superhub Oxford is an exciting step for our city and the future of EV charging.”

Matt Allen, CEO and Co-Founder of Pivot Power, added: “Urban decarbonisation is ground zero for the immediate emissions reductions needed to tackle the climate crisis.

“Energy Superhub Oxford provides a vision of the future, today. By delivering a world-leading project that cuts emissions across transport, power and heat, we are breaking new ground to help the UK reach net zero sooner.”

Pivot Power plans to deploy up to 40 Energy Superhubs across the UK, with the next two projects already underway in Coventry and Sandwell, to the northwest of Birmingham.

Image credit: Energy Superhub Oxford


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