Europe's most powerful electric car charging hub set to open in Oxford

James Batchelor


Europe's most powerful electric car charging hub is set to open this year in the UK.

The hub, which will be built in Oxford in winter 2021, will initially feature 38 fast and ultra-rapid chargers. It will be the most powerful of its type in Europe with up to 10MW of power available - enough power for around 2,000 homes. 

The site, located at Redbridge Park & Ride, will be the first of 40 planned hubs across the UK, and comes through a partnership between Pivot Power, Oxford City Council, Fastned, Tesla and Wenea. 

Among the chargers will be 10 installed by Fastned, which will have 300kW of power and be capable of adding 300 miles of range in 20 minutes. Tesla will be installing another 12 of its 250kW Superchargers.

Oxford charging super hub CGI drawing Oxford's hub will be one of 40 across the UK

The station will be powered by 100% renewable energy, partly generated by a solar roof but also using battery storage. It forms part of a £41m government-backed Energy Superhub Oxford project led by Pivot Power.

Matt Allen, CEO at Pivot Power, said: 'Oxford is one of 40 sites we are developing across the UK, combining up to 2GW of battery storage with high volume power connections for mass EV charging.'

Councillor Tom Hayes, Cabinet Member for Green Transport and Zero Carbon Oxford at Oxford City Council, added: 'For Oxford to go zero carbon by 2040, we need to electrify a lot more of our transportation. As an innovative city embracing technologies and change, Oxford is the natural home for the UK’s largest public EV charging hub.

The site will join other charging hubs being planned by Grideserve and bp pulse across the country.

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