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Oxford trails pop-up vehicle charging points

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Added On July 7, 2018

The action is part of its efforts to fight toxic vehicle emissions which is risky to public health.

 
Meet these new pop-up electric vehicle charging points.
 
This new technology sees the bollards retreat underground when not in use. No clutter on the streets. No annoyed neighbours.
 
They've been designed by the London firm, Urban Electric. 
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): OLIVIER FREELING-WILKINSON, Co-founder of Urban Electric
"And so, for us, going down a retractable bollard design was a really effective way to scale EV charging infrastructure in urban spaces and sensitive spaces without negatively impacting the urban space to providing a great service for EV users and also for non EV users that they do not complain about it."
 
Oxford is aiming to be the world's first zero emission zone from 2020.
 
According to a local Councillor, key to making that happen, will be helping drivers switch to non-polluting electric cars.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): TOM HAYES,Oxford Councillor
"I think it'll be extremely strong growth this kind of technology. We're trying it we're going to see how this works, but we're very confident that by installing a charging points will see more people pick up the technology; more people feel comfortable switching from an older polluting vehicle into the electric vehicle; and more confident the communities and neighborhoods feel like these charging infrastructure points are really welcome in their pavements."
 
In all, the project is costing 600,000 pounds, or 800,000 dollars.
 
About three quarters of that comes from Innovate UK - the Government's innovation agency - with the rest from private investment.
 
That will go towards installing 20 retractable charging bollards in the city during the trial, which will be APP-operated.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): OLIVIER FREELING-WILKINSON, Co-founder of Urban Electric
"Our plan is the oversupply EV charging infrastructure on residential roads to give consumers confidence that they have certainty access to a charge point wherever they park on their road overnight. (DELETE: And that's the key thing for us.)”
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): TOM HAYES, Oxford Councillor
"(DELETE: And I think with Oxford plan ahead with the world's first zero emission zone from 2020, we're really stepping into quite an exciting time.) Now Oxford has a population of around 155,000 people, you could fit 155 Oxfords into Shanghai for instance. So, we're a reasonably small city, but actually what we do here can have a huge impact worldwide."