On-street charging technologies can significantly improve access to charging infrastructure for residents of terraced or communal housing without private off-street parking space. This can reduce one of the key barriers to the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) within this group. A consortium of parties led by Oxford City and Oxfordshire County Councils is undertaking a pilot project in Oxford that is funded by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and seeks to test different on-street technologies. Thirty installations of different on-street electric vehicle charging technologies are being placed at various locations in Oxford city. Both private individuals and car clubs will be participating.
Aim and Objectives
This project will monitor and evaluate the trial. In doing so, it will address four objectives:
(a) Evaluate performance of the various on-street charging technologies;
(b) Examine adaptations to car use routines and the formation of charging habits among pilot participants;
(c) Identify local community responses to the charging installations;
(d) Develop insights about how the pilot may be scaled up within Oxford and transferred to local authorities elsewhere in the UK.
The study is adopting a longitudinal and mixed method approach combining quantitative information on charging point usage and qualitative interviews to monitor and evaluate technology performance and changes to trial participants' views, routines and habits. Accordingly, interviews with pilot participants will be conducted at four different times, one before and three during the trial at ±1-2 months, ±5 months and ±11 months after the start. Each interview will involve a short questionnaire and semi-structured questions about mobility biographies, everyday life, travel and electric vehicle charging and use.
The research will also likely involve interviews with other key stakeholders (e.g., members of the councils, car club management, the network provider, technology providers and non-participating members of the local community) to understand their expectations, experiences and lessons they have learned by participating in the trial.
The outputs of the project will include two interim reports and a final report. A policy briefing on lessons for, and transferability to, cities elsewhere in the UK and beyond will also be produced alongside these reports.
For more information on this research project, please contact Dr Sam Hampton.