1 March 2022

Oxfordshire County Council – 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 piloting 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.

To charge their EV, the user parks in front of their home, inserts the charging cable into the Gul-e and plugs the vehicle into their household energy supply.

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 requires an adjustment in your lifestyle. Now I’ve got this home-charging solution we have a much broader range of options and it’s definitely saving me money compared to commercial charging rates.

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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.”

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