Europe’s most powerful electric vehicle charging hub heading to Oxford

Oxford City Council has teamed up with a consortium of UK companies to deliver Oxford Superhub, the UK’s largest electric vehicle charging hub

Europe’s most powerful electric vehicle charging hub heading to Oxford

The Oxford Superhub, which is expected to open to the public later in 2021, will be located at Redbridge Park & Ride and be powered by 100% renewable energy.

The world-first project will see the installation of 38 fast and ultra-rapid chargers and will provide up to 10MW of power on site – enough to meet the growing need for EV charging in the area for the next 30 years (further information below).

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Electric vehicles no silver bullet
Electric vehicles certainly have a role to play in addressing our future transport needs by reducing the carbon emissions caused by motor vehicles. However, even if it were possible to provide new charging infrastructure on the scale required and meet the increased demand for power with clean energy, a 1:1 switch from fossil fuel-powered to electric vehicles won’t tackle the many other issues associated with the ongoing problem of too many vehicles on the roads.

EVs still produce particulate matter in the form of non-tailpipe emissions from the wear of brakes, tyres and road surface, and from the suspension of road-dust particles in the wake of passing vehicles.

They also won’t improve road safety, reduce congestion or tackle our inactivity crisis.

Our over-reliance as a society on cars – in particular single-occupancy vehicles – for short journeys is brought about many factors, including a lack of other travel options such as good public transport connections and a safe environment for walking, wheeling and cycling (active travel) as a result of the current design of our streets prioritising the use of motor vehicles.

Furthermore, some fear focusing solely on electric vehicles is slowing down the race to zero emissions. According to researchers at Oxford University, emission targets are unlikely to be met without a significant move away from motorised transport, and shifting to active transport could save as much as a quarter of personal CO2 emissions from transport.

Swapping the car for active mobility if you can – even just one day a week – is one thing to do which would make a real difference...

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Find out more about Energy Superhub Oxford:

Europe’s most powerful electric vehicle charging hub heading to Oxford as Oxford City Council, Pivot Power, Fastned, Tesla Superchargers & Wenea team up | Oxford City Council
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Energy Superhub Oxford - powering a cleaner, greener Oxford
Energy Superhub Oxford is accelerating Oxford’s zero carbon journey and will provide a model for cities globally to cut carbon and improve air quality.

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