Powering Europe’s largest EV charging hub in Oxford

Bowers Electricals have supplied all 3 transformers used to convert 33kV HV electricity to 400V LV electricity as part of Europe’s most powerful EV charging hub at Redbridge Park and Ride in Oxford.

Oxford is home to the newest and most powerful EV Charging hub in Europe. The hub, at launch, provides fast and ultra-rapid charging for 42 electric vehicles. However, it can expand to charge 400 electric vehicles in the future. It will support the estimated 36 million EVs expected on UK roads by 2040.

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“The £41 million urban decarbonisation project delivered by Pivot Power, together with a consortium of global partners and part-funded by the UK government, will unlock significant emissions reductions across power, heat and transport as part of the programme to decarbonise Oxford by 2040 – saving 10,000 tonnes of CO2 every year, equivalent to taking over 2,000 cars off the road, increasing to 25,000 tonnes by 2032.”

Oxford City Council commissioned 1 of the 3 transformers that Bowers provided.

They required a 2500kVA, 33000/400v, Aluminium MIDEL Tier 2 distribution transformer to provide the power infrastructure behind this project.

The transformers, all with slightly different specifications, are powering:

  • 10 Fastned chargers with up to 300kW of power available.
  • 20 7-22kW charging bays deployed by Wenea.
  • 12 250kW Tesla Superchargers will be available for Tesla vehicle users.

This charging hub is set apart from other hubs in the UK as the site is directly connected to National Grid’s HV Transmission network. It is connected via a four-mile underground cable that can deliver 10MW of power to charge hundreds of EVs quickly and simultaneously. All without putting additional strain on the local electricity network or requiring costly upgrades.

Bowers Electricals gave us the most competitive price for the specification and very good service too.

Tina Mould
Oxford City Council
“Bowers has been involved in several EV Charging projects across the UK. This latest one had its unique challenges but nothing our highly skilled and experienced project teams couldn’t handle. It is fantastic for Bowers to have been involved. This prestigious project will only help the transition to decarbonised transport.” Says Simon Concar, Managing Director at Bowers Electricals.

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