Commissioning of the first charging stations for electric vehicles

The first in a series of 62 EV chargers that have been installed in car parks run by the Vale of White Horse District Municipality are now operational.

The chargers – which have been installed as part of the county-wide Park and Charge scheme – are ready for use by electric vehicle owners in our municipally run car park in Cattle Market, Abingdon.

Cattle Market Abingdon car park chargers are now operational

Ten chargers are now available at Cattle Market, with the other 52 due to come online in the coming days at other council-run car parks: Portway in Wantage, Audlett Drive, West St Helens in Abingdon and Southampton Street in Faringdon.

The chargers will run from 7kW to 22kW depending on the vehicle, time of day and EV hub consumption. You will also be able to reserve charging stations so that EV drivers can be sure of being able to charge when they arrive.

More information on chargers can be found here

Councilor Sally Povolotsky, Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency and Environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: ‘It’s great news that these are available to support drivers who have already gone electric while encouraging those who are considering doing so. The more people who feel they can switch to cleaner, greener transport, the better for all of us.

The new chargers have been designed and produced by a local company based in Bicester – EZ Charge – who will operate the chargers in the future. More details on using chargers and the Park and Charge program can be found on the Park and Charge website.

Under the Park and Charge scheme, 62 EV chargers are also being installed across South Oxfordshire in council-run car parks in Henley, Wallingford and Thame. Park and Charge EV chargers are also available in Cherwell and West Oxfordshire. For details, see

EV events

  • Friday May 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – at the Portway car park in Wantage
  • Monday 30 May from 9am to 12pm – at the West St Helen car park in Abingdon
  • Tuesday 31 May from 1pm to 4pm – at the Southampton Street car park in Faringdon

At these events, people will have the opportunity to meet the project team, learn about the new chargers, talk to EV experts and champions, and test drive (TBC) a range of EVs suitable for everyone. budgets. FREE charging sessions are even offered at each event for the top ten EV drivers.

Notes to Editors

Each car park will offer both ‘connected’ and ‘plug-in’ chargers, meaning all EV drivers will be able to use them, whether they have Type 1 or Type 2 connections.

The Park and Charge Oxfordshire project has attracted £5.4 million in funding, including £4.1 million funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles through Innovate UK and the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme. The remaining investment comes from business partners Zeta Specialist Lighting and [ui!] United Kingdom (Urban Integrated).

The Southern and Vale councils are looking to identify more rural locations in the districts where EV charging stations could be installed to bring service and switching options to more people.

The launch had been temporarily delayed by a worldwide shortage of microchips for meters. Fortunately, the installation team worked hard to find the necessary components and the start date was pushed back a few weeks instead of months.