Plans for a major electric vehicle (EV) charging “superhub” in Oxford capable of delivering up to 300 miles of range to cars in less than 20 mins have been unveiled today, marking the latest milestone for what is set to become a network of 40 similar sites across the UK. Spearheaded by Oxford City Council alongside a coalition of grid technology and EV charging specialists – including EDF Renewables subsidiary Pivot Power, Fastned, Tesla Superchargers, and Wenea – the charging hub has been dubbed “the most powerful in Europe”. Unlike most charging stations, the site – located at Redbridge Park and Ride – is directly connected to the high voltage national electricity grid and has been designed to house up to 10MW of power capacity on site. It means the hub should have enough power to rapidly charge potentially hundreds of EVs at the same time without adding strain to the local network or requiring costly upgrades, according to Pivot Power.
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One in four UK households intend to buy an electric car in the next five years, as a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030 approaches, according to research. More than 6.5m households plan to buy an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid, research by the energy watchdog Ofgem has found. This equates to 24%, or nearly one in four, of all energy households.
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More than a third of households are unlikely to buy an electric car in the next five years because they are too expensive, an Ofgem survey has found. Research by the energy regulator found that 38 per cent of consumers were concerned about price, availability of chargers or the range of the battery. One in four of those surveyed said they planned to buy an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid in the next five years. New petrol and diesel cars are to be removed from sale in the UK from 2030, though consumer groups have raised concerns over the feasibility of this given the patchy provision of chargers.
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