25 May 2023

Volunteers test out UK first on-street electric vehicle charger

An electric vehicle (EV) owner has given his backing to a “brilliant” new innovation which enables people without off-street parking to charge their cars at home.

Semi-retired father of three Guy Hargreaves has had an electric car for two and a half years. He is one of 30 volunteers around Oxfordshire pi-loting the Gul-e scheme – a home EV charging solution. It provides a secure and durable cable ‘gully’ or channel that is seamlessly installed into the pavement so that cables will not cause a trip hazard.

Guy, 58, who lives in Summertown, Oxford, said: “To own an electric car without off-street parking is less convenient. It’s not undoable, but it re-quires an adjustment in your lifestyle.

“The problem was always going to be that I’m not guaranteed to be able to park outside my own house, as we are part of a residents’ permit parking zone. But with the cable coming out from the footpath I can charge in two different parking spots, or even three if I reverse my car into the space.

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