The London Borough of Bromley is set to roll-out a trial of Gul-e, the electric vehicle (EV) charging solution created by ODS, Oxford City Council’s trading company.
The on-street domestic solution will be deployed at eight sites with data gathered throughout the trial to assist residents in charging from home and using their own domestic electricity supply.
The sites, which are located right across the borough, will help residents to simply, safely and affordably charge their electric vehicles at their own homes without having to rely on more costly public charging options.
Gul-e’s design allows at-home EV charging, while removing potential pedestrian trip hazards, and minimising unsightly street clutter through its secure cable gully which is recessed in the footway.
Previous successful Gul-e trials have taken place with councils in Oxfordshire and Bedfordshire and, because the affordable cost of Gul-e is suitable for self-funding, the need for council investment in on-street infrastructure, subsequent maintenance and contract management is reduced.
Jason Munro, Director of Operations, ODS, said: “As more and more people switch to electric vehicles, we have big ambitions to support the UK’s EV growth, and help local authorities right across the country with their EV strategies through Gul-e’s safe, convenient and competitively-priced at-home charging.”
Councillor Nicholas Bennett, Executive Councillor for Transport, Highways and Road Safety, London Borough of Bromley, said: “We are keen to evaluate in detail the impact this will have on the effectiveness and convenience of being able to charge electric vehicles at home in this way. We hope that many more households in the borough will be interested in using this system to charge their cars, and we look forward to a safe, practical, and silent future.”
Image courtesy of Gul-e/Oxford City Council
The Transport + Energy Forum will be offering local authority representatives the opportunity to apply for a fully funded place for the conference in November.
The event, which is taking place on 16th November at the Birmingham Conference & Events Centre, brings together over 200 transport and energy leaders, including some of the most compelling speakers from across the sectors to present, debate and discuss the crucial issues around how to work further and faster to accelerate the transition to a decarbonised future.
Qualified representatives from local authorities can apply for a fully funded place via the event website. The offer includes conference admission, accommodation and an evening celebratory/networking dinner, with day options also available.