Short Listed Streets Consultation for Pop-up Electric Vehicle Chargers

The Oxford City Council and it’s partner Urban Electric have been awarded funding from Innovate UK to become the first city in the world to trial ‘pop-up’ on-street electric vehicle charging points in residents’ parking bays and Frenchay Road, Rutherway and Lonsdale Road have been nominated and short listed as the potential pilot street. This consultation is to let you know more about it and gather resident opinions.

The accompanying information describes why we are undertaking this project, why these streets are candidates and what will happen next.

We are inviting residents of the short listed streets to consider these proposals and let us know their views. 

The deadline for your response is 7 September 2018.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Mairi Brookes, Sustainable City Manager

Oxford City Council


Electric Vehicle Pop-Up Charging Trial

Why Chargers?

We have a challenge - air quality in Oxford needs to  improve. At Oxford City Council we have committed to our Air Quality Action Plan target of reducing harmful nitrogen dioxide emissions by 35% by 2020. Carbon emissions are also affecting climate stability and are a global concern.

Transport is the biggest contributor to poor air quality locally and with no tailpipe emissions, electric vehicles can help to improve this. Finding ways to support their take up on a larger scale will benefit Oxford residents though improved air quality.

A significant barrier to electric vehicle uptake is the lack of on-street access to charging points for residents. Oxford has a higher than average percentage of its households living in terraced properties making it difficult for residents to charge an electric car overnight from their home.

By providing on-street charging in residential areas Oxford City Council will be supporting local households to adopt zero emission vehicles in preparation for the Government's plan to phase out sales of diesel and petrol vehicles by 2050.

Alongside this issue, we need to be wary of adding unsightly or obstructive street furniture to Oxford’s streets. Avoiding overload of the electricity grid in the future also has to be factored in to any potential charging options.    

In response to these challenges, new charging technology, the “UEone”, has been developed by Urban Electric that will ‘pop up’ only when in use and be ‘smart grid’ ready.  Installed on the pavement next to the roadside, the UEone is operated via a smart phone ‘app’ and retracts underground when not in use.

Olivier Freeling-Wilkinson, Cofounder at Urban Electric says: “The cheapest, most convenient and grid-friendly way to charge an electric vehicle is at home at night, yet up to 85% of households in some urban residential areas cannot do so because they park on-street.

The UEone makes it possible for local authorities to enable the 11.3m UK households currently discouraged from driving an electric vehicle with the ability to do so without spoiling street aesthetics.”

Why these streets?

Rutherway, Lonsdale Road and Frenchay Road were nominated by residents of those streets in response to a press release calling for suggestions, and after further consideration are now the three short-listed streets. We are also considering other factors that affect suitability, such as energy supply, any obstructions such as cellars or underground pipes, and whether we know that there are people interested in participating in the trial.  

Will we lose any residents’ parking spaces?

There will be no changes to parking permits or restrictions in the selected street, and there will be no dedicated EV charging spaces.

What will the trial involve?

The trial will involve installing up to 20 on-street chargers in the pilot street. This will take up to 4 weeks and vehicle access will be maintained during this time. There will be periodic closures of the pavement with pedestrian diversions in place. There will also be an electrical cabinet to manage the supply, and designs for the most discreet version of this are currently being sourced.

Installation of the chargers is expected to occur during December 2018. Their use and impact will then be monitored for 6 months.

Residents local to these streets wishing to use a charger should inform Oxford City Council via question 4 below. Oxford City Council will then respond to you to confirm eligibility and with instructions for the next steps.

If the trial is a success the chargers will remain in place and operational. Although we do not anticipate significant issues, we have the option to remove the chargers after the trial should we need to.

What happens now?

We are inviting you to consider these proposals and let us know your views.

The deadline for your response is 7 September 2018

Any data you provide will be shared with Urban Electric as our project partner and that data will only be used by Oxford City Council and Urban Electric to contact you in relation to the project. If you have any queries regarding the project or use of data, you can also contact Philip Burroughs, Oxford City Council’s Sustainable City Engagement Officer, at or by phone on 07483010175.

A decision will be made on which street will become the pilot in October 2018 and residents of all streets will be informed in writing.

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    1 Aug 2018 at 09:00
  • Closed
    7 Sep 2018 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    06 Nov 2018


Area Covered
  • Barton And Sandhills
  • Blackbird Leys
  • Carfax
  • Churchill
  • Cowley
  • Cowley Marsh
  • Headington
  • Headington Hill And Northway
  • Hinksey Park
  • Holywell
  • Iffley Fields
  • Jericho And Osney
  • Littlemore
  • Lye Valley
  • Marston
  • North
  • Northfield Brook
  • Quarry And Risinghurst
  • Rose Hill And Iffley
  • St Clement's
  • St Margaret's
  • St Mary's
  • Summertown
  • Wolvercote
Who we are consulting
  • General Public
Methods Used
  • Online Consultations
  • Postal surveys
Contact Details

Phil Burroughs

Sustainable City Engagement Officer


Phone: 07483010175