2 May 2012

Brookes drives roll-out of electric charge points

Electric charge points

ChargeMaster, a supplier of electric vehicle (EV) charge points, is rolling out the POLAR national charging network across the UK with help from the Oxfordshire Electric Vehicle Partnership (OEVP) led by Brookes.

About 4,000 plug-in points will provide the country with a charging infrastructure covering 100 towns. Oxford will be a centre of excellence within the network with a high number of charging points, an electric car sharing club and other facilities for owners of ultra-low carbon vehicles. Indeed, Oxford will have the largest density of charging points per head of population of anywhere in Europe.

The OEVP is chaired by Paul Inman, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment. The Partnership builds on the legacy of the MINI E electric car trials involving Oxford Brookes and the BMW Group and aims to establish a market for electric and low carbon vehicles while developing a low carbon economy in Oxfordshire.

Electric charge points

Professor Allan Hutchinson, Head of the Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre, said: "We have worked hard to engage local stakeholders in the emerging developments around electric vehicles and establishment of the POLAR network in Oxford demonstrates the anticipation of exciting future activities in this region".

The roll out of a charging network, to be launched on May 15, is the start of an initiative to provide the city of Oxford with a low carbon transport system linking public transport with the use of ultra-low carbon vehicles.

There are already 32 charging points operating in Oxford with some 28 more being built.

In conjunction with the launch of the charging points, a new electric car sharing club operated by Hertz On Demand will also be announced. Ten electric vehicles will be sited on university campuses, street locations, station car parks, company car parks and other locations across the city. These will be available by the hour, day or week and can be used as pool cars. Each EV location will have its own charging point.

The launch event will be held at The Rhodes House, the home of Rhodes scholarships.