Trial of an Electric Vehicle Charging Hub for Residents

Summary

Informal Consultation on the  Proposal for a Trial of an Electric Vehicle Charging Hub for Residents incorporating Induction Pad charging and a  Residential Electric Car Club at Stony Stratford Medical Centre car park MK11 1YA.

Milton Keynes Council has received an OLEV Grant to develop and trial electric vehicle charging technology to find ways to improve the convenience of owning and using an electric vehicle with a view to increasing the uptake of electric vehicles in Milton Keynes.

Purpose

The purpose of the trial is to explore innovative means of improving the convenience and practicality of using electric cars for residential users without off-street parking and business users in Milton Keynes.  The project will deploy demonstration application sites in Stony Stratford/Central Milton Keynes over the next year which will include near future vehicle charging options (such as clusters of 50kW rapid chargers and occasional demonstrations of wireless charging technology). The project will also include establishing a car-club at each site specifically to rent all-electric vehicles to local residents/business users.

Next steps

Stony Stratford Medical Centre car park MK11 1YA has been proposed for this trial for the following reasons:

  • Existing charging site – users are aware of a charging point at this car park
  • Car park has large number of spaces reducing impact of trail
  • Large number of houses without off-street parking – site would provide these houses with somewhere to charge
  • Proximity to shops and Medical Centre
  • Central location gives greater access to car club services

The attached plan shows the scale of the proposal with 12 parking bays in total being used in the EV trial.  The parking bays will be managed throughout the trial using a vehicle permit system.

Health Concerns for Wireless Charging

International exposure guidelines have been developed to provide protection against established effects from Radio Frequency fields by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP, 1998) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE, 2005).  The trial of the  Induction Pad complies fully with these guidelines.

Please could you consider the proposal and provide feedback  (both positive and negative) on :

  1. the choice of location
  2. the scale of the trial

This feedback will help us make informed decisions on the expansion of the electric vehicle charging network for residents going forward.

A formal TRO process will follow. A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is a legal document which allows the Highways Authority to restrict the highway which is enforceable by law. 

All feedback to the proposal, together with the reasoning for the feedback can be sent by clicking on the “contact” email address. 

The closing date for this consultation is 10 August 2020.

Please submit your comments before the closing date otherwise your comments may not be considered.

Thank you for participating in this consultation exercise.

Purpose

Increased convenience in EV Charging