Electric East Lothian (EVs and chargepoints)
As well as offering significant environmental benefits - less air pollution, less noise, lower CO2 emissions - electric vehicles (EVs) can save you money. To support you in making the switch to electric power, East Lothian Council provides a reliable network of nearly 100 chargepoints including:
- Journey (Rapid) chargepoints in all of our larger towns, for quick top-ups when needed
- Chargepoints in residential areas providing unrestricted overnight parking and up to four hours during the day, for affordable charging close to home
- Multiple chargepoints with all-day unrestricted parking in long-stay car parks
- High Power Chargers located just off the A1 at Wallyford Park&Ride, suitable for cars with trailers (including caravans) and vehicles up to 12m long
- Workplace chargepoints for council employees at many buildings
- Chargepoints for our own pool vehicles and works vans as we increasingly electrify our fleet
- Bollard-style chargepoints with no associated parking bays - the space can be occupied by both EVs or non-EVs. These are being trialled in areas where there is significant parking demand, and in sensitive locations.
This interactive map of chargpoints shows the locations of all of our public chargepoints, plus others on the national ChargePlace Scotland network, all accessible via a single account (see the Guide to using our chargepoints).
Additionally, more and more businesses (e.g. supermarkets, hotels, fuel stations and ScotRail) are providing chargepoints for their customers. These may be on different networks. More information often available at ZapMap or Plugshare .
Suggestions for new chargepoints
Would you like a chargepoint in your area? We welcome suggestions, particularly from potential EV owners without off-street parking (and therefore without the ability to charge at home).
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:
- Residential EV Chargepoint Grants (If you are a Council tenant, you will require Landlord's Consent to install a private chargepoint. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info)
- Workplace EV Chargepoint Grants