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Work on major EV charging scheme in the Vale is close to completion

The installation of the Park and Charge Electric Vehicle charging scheme in Vale of White Horse looks close to completion as work is due to start on the last car park later this month.

Chargers for electric vehicles are set to be installed at the council-owned car park at Audlett Drive in Abingdon in the coming weeks. This would bring the total of spaces for cars to be charged up to 58 across five council-owned car parks in the district.

Audlett Drive is the fifth and final of Vale of White Horse District Council’s car parks where EV chargers are being installed as part of the Park and Charge scheme. It is also the third car park in Abingdon as work has already been agreed installing the chargers at West St Helen and Cattle Market car parks.

When work is completed there should be 34 EV charging points available in the council-owned car parks in Abingdon.

In addition, 12 charging points are also being installed in Portway car park in Wantage and a further 12 at Southampton Street car park in Faringdon.

The installation work involves several bays being fenced off temporarily and some short-term disruption to the car park.

All work is due to be completed by the end of March. We will announce when they are available to be used, however this will only be after a period when the chargers will be fully connected and tested.

Councillor Catherine Webber, Vale of White Horse District Council Cabinet member for the Environment and Climate Emergency, said: “Working with Oxfordshire councils on the Park and Charge Scheme is part of our climate action target for the Vale to a carbon neutral district by 2045. It is very exciting to see that by the end of this month we should have installed 58 EV chargers in five council-owned car parks in our district.”

This work is part of a county-wide scheme to install hundreds of EV charging points in council-owned car parks. More info here.

The Park and Charge scheme allows residents without off-street parking to park overnight and charge up using a ‘fast’ 7 – 22kw EV charging point. The chargers will also provide much needed battery top-ups to commuters and visitors during the daytime.

More at the Park and Charge website.