A pilot project trialing 30 on-street electric vehicle (EV) chargers that connect directly to a household’s electricity supply is to be run across Oxford and Cherwell. Having been awarded funding by Innovate UK and the Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles, Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford Direct Services are now expecting installations to start in between December 2021 and January 2022. The project is to test on-street EV charging using a specially designed ‘gully’ or channel installed into the pavement which allows residents to safely connect their EV to their home electricity supply when parked outside their home.
Current 20th Aug 2021 read more »
As business winds down at a delivery van depot in Bristol, vehicles head to cleaning bays and electric ones go to the recharging bay as the fleet parks up for the night. One van, though, is an oddity. Slightly futuristic in look, it picks its way round the depot, looking for all the world as if it is driven by a super-cautious operative. The van is the first prototype to come out of the research and engineering facility in Banbury of Arrival, Britain’s newest automotive company. And it doesn’t have a driver at all in the conventional sense of the term. Robopilot is running fully in autonomous mode, blazing a trail as it does so. The day is coming when dozens of electric, autonomous vans in the depot park themselves and, at the start of the next working day, present themselves at the loading bay ready for a human driver to turn up for work and head out on to the open road.
Times 23rd Aug 2021 read more »