Oxford Direct Services to sponsor pop-up electric car park, charge, and ride for Oxford EV Summit

Published: Tuesday, 25th June 2019

Oxford Direct Services to sponsor pop-up electric car park, charge, and ride for Oxford EV Summit who are travelling by electric vehicle.

The service - which will be sponsored by Oxford Direct Services - will allow attendees of the Oxford EV Summit on Wednesday 26, and Thursday 27 June, to charge their electric vehicle, grab a free hot beverage from Jericho Coffee Traders, and make the rest of their journey to the summit on a fully electric shuttle service, operated by Oxford Bus Company.

The electric bus service will operate on a timetable of two morning services, and two evening services from Redbridge Park and Ride to Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.

The operation of the pop up park and charge services will be within a designated area of Redbridge Park and Ride, and will not interfere with the daily operation of the site during these dates. Non-attendees of the summit who will be parking at Redbridge Park and Ride will be able to buy coffee from the service.

Oxford Direct Services has a commitment to reach a target to have over 25% of its fleet as electric vehicles by 2022-23 – it will be displaying some of these electric vehicles at the pop-up park and charge site. 

Redbridge Park and Ride is managed by Oxford Direct Services, the commercial arm of Oxford City Council, along with Pear Tree Park and Ride, and Seacourt Park and Ride. In May, it was agreed by Oxford City Council, and Oxfordshire County Council that the day-to-day running of Thornhill and Oxford Parkway will be managed by Oxford Direct Services.

Oxford Direct Services is helping Oxford to deliver its Zero Emission Zone. In January, Oxford Direct Services was approved as an authorised service dealer for the world’s first purpose built electric taxi – the TX, and will be providing servicing to Oxford’s first Zero Emission Capable Hackney Carriage, which arrived in April.

Oxford Direct Services also supports the delivery of the Zero Emission Zone through providing installation of the City Council’s electric charging point installations, including the world’s first pop up charging points.

Earlier this year, Oxford City Council facilitated a £41m for the Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) project to trial world’s largest hybrid energy battery to support electric vehicle charging and low-carbon heat networking. The project will support the electrification of the city council’s fleets, and will provide charging capacity to commercial fleet and City Council depots, including Oxford Direct Services’ depot.

The Oxford EV Summit 2019 will see the electric vehicle leaders, from around the world, come to Oxford University’s Saïd Business School to debate & do business on the transition to electric vehicles.

The summit, which is in its second year, will focus on dual themes of business development and thought leadership. Speakers will include leaders from across the industry with CEO speakers from a number of leading UK and European companies.

The summit, will take place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June, at the Sa—ód Business School, University of Oxford. The Oxford EV Summit is organised by Oxford City Council, in partnership with Green.TV. The headline sponsor for the summit is EDF Energy. 

Councillor Nigel Chapman, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities and Customer Focused Services, said: “Oxford Direct Services has been helping the City Council on our delivery of the Zero Emission Zone through infrastructure installation, as well as providing services to taxis taking the first steps on that journey. The pop-up charge, park, and ride for the Oxford EV Summit is an exciting demonstration of the possibilities of electric vehicle capability in Oxford, and the work that Oxford Direct Services has, and will be doing to support us on the journey to zero emissions.”

Simon Howick, MD of Oxford Direct Services, said: “This is an opportunity for Oxford Direct Services to showcase all that we are doing to support Oxford to fulfil its zero emission goals. We are seeing chargers installed, we are converting over 25% of our fleet to electric by 2022-23 and working in partnership with other local government bodies on projects to assist with technology improvements. It is in our mission to help make Oxford a better place to live, work and visit.

Phil Southall, Managing Director of Oxford Bus Company, said: “Oxford Bus Company is proud to be providing the electric shuttle bus service for delegates to the Oxford EV Summit. We are currently trialling a single decker electric bus in service for two weeks as part of our research into the capability of electric buses and so it was apt to provide it for use for the summit. It is a great opportunity for us to share the latest electric bus technology with the delegates and key stakeholders. We are committed to supporting the Zero Emission Zone within the boundaries of what technology is viable and available.”