1 February 2022

Oxford City Council – The Gul-e Project

The UK government is ending the sale of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles by 2030 and hybrid vehicles by 2035. In order to encourage electric vehicle uptake, charging must be accessible and affordable for all.

It is estimated that currently 24.6% of UK households (6.6M households) do not have access to off-street parking and cannot charge electric vehicles at home.

Household EV charging options are currently limited, especially for households who do not have access to off-street parking. Traditional options include trailing charger cables across the pavement, which can generate trip hazards and diminish mobility, or relying upon public charging provisions (on-street or in public car parks) which can be expensive.

Gul-e is an innovative electric vehicle (EV) charging solution created by ODS, Oxford City Council’s local authority trading company.

Gul-e provides a durable gully/channel that is installed in the footway, to enable smooth home EV charging for homes without driveways. The user parks in front of their home, presses the charging cable into the gully and plugs their vehicle into their home charger.

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“The best thing about Gul-e is its simplicity. It really is so easy to use,
and was a big part of my decision to buy an EV.”

Mr Jesper Ekelund, Oxford

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