On-Street Residential Induction Charging (OSRIC)

Closes 24 Jun 2021

Opened 27 May 2021

Overview

Redbridge Council joined a consortium in 2018 led by char.gy (https://char.gy/) and including the University of Warwick, to investigate the potential for induction charging of electric vehicles on residential streets as part of a fully-funded Innovate UK research project. Following the successful feasibility study - Phase 1, the Redbridge OSRIC project was allowed to enter Phase 2 – the demonstrator phase.

The On-Street Induction Charging Demonstrator phase, which is expected to take place between July 2021 and March 2022, aims to showcase a novel application of existing induction charging technologies to draw power from lamp posts and make it available to EVs through a wireless device.

The project's main objective is to reduce the need for charging cables and posts on streets contributing to street clutter and to prevent trip hazards for pavement users. Wireless charging should also make it easier for less-able people to charge with no heavy cables to carry and plugin and more convenient for everyone as it will require the user to just park the vehicle.

Four locations have been identified to implement this induction charging technology in Redbridge and it is proposed that these four parking bays are converted into car club bays to enable a specially adapted car club vehicle to operate from these bays using the induction charging technology. The layout plans of the proposed locations are available for your review.

The proposed locations are at:

Herbert Road, Ilford, IG3 8AB (the flank wall of 13 Highbury Gardens);

Cowley Road, Ilford, IG1 3JL (the flank wall of 385 Cranbrook Road);

Berkeley Avenue, Ilford, IG5 0UR (the flank wall of 311 Clayhall Avenue);

Churchfields, South Woodford, E18 2RF (outside Woodleigh Flats).

Pay-per-trip car clubs allow individuals and businesses to have access to a vehicle without being tied to ownership. You book the car, drive it and then return it to the same location. This provides easy, affordable access to vehicles 24/7. By offering low carbon, flexible use vehicles with the potential to integrate into wider mobility systems, car clubs are a key component for future sustainable transport solutions.

How will the Council implement the on-street induction charging technology and the associated car club bays?

  • Undertake a non-statutory consultation on the location of the proposed car club bays
  • Undertake a consultation on the installation and operation of the on-street electric vehicle charge points (S.17, London Local Authority and Transport for London Act 2013);
  • Publicise a draft “Permanent” TMO, advertise it on-site and in local newspapers and undertake a statutory TMO consultation;
  • Following the closure of the above consultations, make a decision as to the installation of the EVCPs and conversion of parking bays into car club bays;
  • Following any decision to proceed with the car club bays, introduce the amended TMO.

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