As well as offering significant environmental benefits - less air pollution, less noise, lower CO2 emissions - electic vehicles (EVs) can save you money. Now that East Lothian hosts a rapidly growing chargepoint network, there's never been a better time to change the way you get around.
Electric East Lothian
East Lothian Council's comprehensive network of EV chargepoints includes:
- A central hub with multiple chargepoints (at least one of which is able to charge a vehicle in less than 30 minutes) in each of our six main towns (Musselburgh, Tranent, Haddington, Dunbar, North Berwick and Prestonpans)
- Complementary town centre charging locations should the main charging hub be fully occupied
- Residential hubs providing overnight charging for people who do not have private driveways
- Multiple 'destination' chargepoints at Park and Choose and long-stay car parks
- Workplace chargepoints for council employees where these have been requested
- Sufficient chargepoints for our own fleet of pool vehicles and works vans as we move to an all-electric fleet
We welcome suggestions for additional locations, particularly from potential EV owners without off-street parking (and therefore without the ability to charge at home). Email [email protected] with your requests.
Locations of publicly available electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints in Scotland
More and more businesses (e.g. supermarkets, hotels and fuel stations) are providing chargepoints for their customers, but additionally many chargepoints on private land are available for general public use e.g. those at ScotRail stations.
The ChargePlace Scotland website has a map of available public EV chargepoints including:
- Their power rating
- If they are currently in use
- If they are currently out of order
All faults with EV chargepoints should be reported via ChargePlace Scotland.
Electric vehicle chargepoint types
Although the connection leads are now more-or-less standardised (i.e. you can plug in any car to any EV chargepoint), they do come with different power ratings:
Destination Chargers - for when the vehicle will be parked for a while:
- Slow/Domestic/Standard (3kW) - will charge a car in around 10 hours i.e. overnight. There is also the option of plugging into a standard 3-pin socket
- Standard (7kW) - around 7-8 hours
- Fast (22kW) - less than 4 hours
Journey Chargers - for quick top-ups:
- Rapid (50kW or more) - less than 1 hour (20 mins to 80% charge)
Each EV chargepoint (apart from domestic ones) can charge two vehicles at one time.
Usage and payment
Tariffs for individual EV chargepoints shown on ChargePlace Scotland are set by their owners. All EV chargepoints owned and maintained by East Lothian Council are currently free to use i.e. we do not charge for the electricity, although we are likely to introduce charging tariffs in the near future.
Each EV chargepoint is covered by a traffic regulation order which restricts parking to a limited period (generally 4 hours for 'Destination' chargepoints, and 45 minutes for 'Journey' chargepoints). This is enforced by parking attendants who will issue a Penalty Charge Notice if a vehicle is parked for too long, or if it is not an electric vehicle.
Funding, grants and loans
If you are looking to invest in an electric vehicle, there is a useful comparison tool on the Energy Saving Trust website, which illustrates how the initial purchase cost is usually off-set by the fuel savings over a number of years. They also offer interest free loans available for individuals and businesses to purchase electric vehicles.
There are grants available for individuals and businesses to install EV chargepoints through the Energy Saving Trust: