Oxpops - whole street electric vehicle charging trial

Oxpops trial on Lonsdale Road: Updates

A big thank you to everyone who has responded to both our first and second requests for feedback regarding this ‘Oxpops’ project – installing pop-up electric vehicle charging as a trial in Lonsdale Road – especially those who attended the ‘Drop-in Session’ at the Woodstock Road Baptist Church on Wednesday 5 December 2018. All the information provided has been immensely valuable and has informed our decision making.

Location Decision

In our initial consultation, we received 42 responses from Lonsdale Road. This second time around, we received a further 20 responses. The levels of support continue to be similar: 55% of respondents were in support, 30% opposed and 15% unsure.

Of the 5 options explored (see Project Overview), the Council’s project board has decided to proceed with option C: 6 pop-up chargers on the northern side of the eastern end of Lonsdale.

This decision was made on the basis of resident feedback, as well as technical considerations informed by desktop surveys of the street layout and information from the electricity network operator. Value for money was also taken into account. 

Option C is preferred because:

  • the eastern end of the street is less congested: enabling the access required to evaluate the trial effectively;
  • it is the simplest installation: it does not require a road closure; and,
  • it received significant support in terms of residents’ preferred location.

Though residents also expressed a desire for charging on the western end of the street, we received feedback that the high parking pressure created a risk that this location would only rarely be accessible. Therefore the western end is not considered suitable for this particular trial at this time. As our city-wide roll out of chargers continues, and we learn from the OxPops trial, we will review the demand for chargers at the western end of the road (and surrounding roads) and consider more appropriate solutions if needed.

What happens next for Lonsdale Road?

Contacting potential trial participants

We will be in touch soon with residents who indicated on their feedback forms that they might be interested in being a trial participant.  If you have not heard from us by the end of Friday 1 February 2019, or didn’t sign up before but would now like to find out more, please get in touch with us at [email protected].

Trial holes

From 28 January 2019, for 5 days, we will dig trial holes in the footway to ensure the viability of the option C location.  Desktop surveys of underground cabling have indicated it is clear. However, this is will be the final test.


Subject to confirming the final design of the prototype pop-up chargers, we are expecting to install the pop-up chargers in April 2019. You will receive notification of the installation works two weeks before the installation.


Once the installations have been completed and the pop-up chargers are commissioned, we will send around another letter with a questionnaire attached. This will form our baseline data for analysing the trial.  Whether or not you are trial participant, all information you provide will be very useful.

How to contact us

When the trial commences, we will share further information with you about who to contact about using the chargers and using the car club. Or, for example, to report any issues you face as a user or resident.

Until the chargers are installed though, and especially if you are interested in potentially participating in the trial, please feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] and we will endeavour to get back in touch with you as quickly as possible.


An indicative timeline (correct January 2019) is below:

Date Action

January 2019

  • Test holes
  • Contacting trial participants

February – March 2019

  • Finalising the prototype

April 2019

  • Installation, electric connection and commissioning
  • Trial launch and training for participants
  • First (baseline) evaluation survey

May - Sept 2019

  • Trial period

Oct 2019

  • Final evaluation survey

Nov 2019 - February 2020

  • Evaluation and project close
  • Communicating and implementing next steps for chargers on Lonsdale Road and across Oxford