In an attempt to combat fears or concerns around the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in its residents, such as range anxiety, charging infrastructure, or upfront cost, Oxford City Council is inviting residents and businesses across Oxford and Oxfordshire to attend its EVs are for EVeryone event on Saturday 27 May, 10am-3.30pm at Redbridge Park and Ride.
In March 2023 almost half (44.22%) of newly registered vehicles in Oxfordshire were electric, according to data from the DVLA - the highest uptake figures in the whole of the UK.
EVs are for EVeryone is a free event that aims to provide residents and businesses with an opportunity to find out more about electric cars and vans in a relaxed and friendly way without commitment or pressure.
During the event members of the public and businesses will have the opportunity to test up to six different affordable cars and vans from a range of models, and friendly experts and local electric vehicle champions will be on hand to share their tips and advice.
Exhibitors also include EV car shop, BMW North Oxford, Go Green Autos, Drive electric, ODS, CoWheels car club, and many more.
Visitors will be able to learn more about the wide range of ownership options that are available for EVs, including car clubs, leasing, and second-hand cars and vans, as well as information about business finance options and EV charger grants.
There will also be an opportunity to learn more about EV charging plans across the region as well as what infrastructure is already in place. Visitors will have an opportunity to leave feedback on where they want to see an on-street charger within Oxford as part of phase two of Go Ultra Low Oxford and other deployment projects.
“Electric vehicles are better for the environment than petrol or diesel, and can be much more accessible than people think,” said Jenny Figueiredo, Oxfordshire County Council’s EV Charging Project Manager.
“I’d really encourage anyone who likes the idea of driving electric to come along and get behind the wheel of some of the more affordable electric cars and vans on offer, and find out how things like leasing, car clubs and different types of EV chargers can work for them.”
Redbridge Park & Ride is a hub for electric vehicles in Oxford, and is home to Europe’s most powerful charging hub – providing charging for up to 42 vehicles at once, provided by Zap-Pay partner Fastned.
Zap-Pay makes charging payment simple. It's a way to pay for EV charging across networks, meaning you can search, plan and pay for charging quickly and easily, all within the Zapmap app.
The Park & Ride is also home to a new electric car club vehicle, as part of a countywide trial which aims to provide an affordable experience of driving an electric vehicle, without a long-term commitment.
“Many Oxford residents and businesses have already switched to an electric vehicle, but we know that some people are uncertain about whether an electric car or van is suitable for them,” said Councillor Louise Upton, Cabinet Member for Health and Transport, Oxford City Council.
“At this event you will find local electric vehicle champions and businesses ready to answer your questions. How far can I drive between charges? Is there a second hand market? How long do batteries last?
“If you are thinking about buying or sharing an electric vehicle and want to find out more about the options available to you, then do come along to Redbridge Park and Ride on May 27th and see what the future looks like!”
Register for a free ticket on Eventbrite.