Oxford boosts electrical cars

Oxford is to become one of the main cities for electrical-powered cars in the UK. The ministry of transport has recently announced a £320,000 project to supply the city with 64 electrical charge points. 40 are already installed, with 24 more to follow in the next few weeks.

Each electrical power points cost about £5,000 to install. A full charge takes from 20 minutes to an hour to complete at the cost to the user of about £2. A car can cover about 100 miles between charges.

Oxford is also to launch a club-sharing scheme for electrical cars. Hertz On Demand is to supply 10 electric cars for membership sharing.

Club membership is free but there will be a £5 an hour fee for use. Three sites for the hire cars have been agreed, at Westgate Centre, the railway station car par and Oxford Brookes University but two more are needed before startup.