Trial of an Electric Vehicle Charging Hub for Businesses

Summary

Informal Consultation on the Proposal for a Trial of an Electric Vehicle Charging Hub for Business’s incorporating Induction Pad charging and a  Business Electric Car Club at Central Milton Keynes car park, at junction of Silbury Blvd and  Saxon Gate MK9 2AD (adjacent Landmark Place)  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

Car park adjacent Landmark Place, Central Milton Keynes MK9 2AP has been proposed for this trial for the following reasons:

  • Proximity to business district, council offices and shops
  • Existing charging site – Electric Vehicle users familiar with this as a charging site

The attached plan shows the scale of the proposal with 9 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 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