Electric Vehicle (EV) chargepoints
Over 2019 our chargepoint network will grow to over 50 units, with each of our six main towns (Musselburgh, Tranent, Haddington, Dunbar, North Berwick and Prestonpans) having a central hub with multiple chargepoints, at least one of which is able to charge a vehicle in less than 30 minutes (Rapid charge).
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 EVCharging@eastlothian.gov.uk with your requests.
Switch on to electric vehicles events
Find out how an electric car can save you money and the help the environment, with demos, test drives and grant information.
Wednesday 20th March - Hawthorn Road, Prestonpans 2pm
Saturday 30th March - The Brunton, Musselburgh 10am
Saturday 30th March - Sports Centre North Berwick 2pm
Saturday 6th April - Bleachingfield, Dunbar 2pm
Locations of publicly available electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints in Scotland
Some of these EV chargepoints are on private land, but are available for 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:
- Domestic (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
- Rapid (50kW or more) - less than 1 hour 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 us are currently free to use i.e. we do not charge for the electricity, although we review this policy regularly.
Each EV chargepoint is covered by a traffic regulation order which restricts parking to 4-hour periods. This is enforced by parking attendants who will issue a Penalty Charge Notice if a vehicle is parked for longer than this, or if it is not an electric vehicle.
Funding, grants and loans
Currently the installation of new EV chargepoints is being supported by central government under the ChargePlace Scotland brand. This ensures that across Scotland, all of the public EV chargepoints are tied into the same network.There are grants available for individuals and businesses to install EV chargepoints through the Energy Saving Trust:
There are also interest free loans available for individuals and businesses to purchase electric vehicles. For further details, visit the Energy Saving Trust.