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. Now that East Lothian hosts a rapidly growing chargepoint network, there's never been a better time to change the way you get around.
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
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 publicly available 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.
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 [email protected] for more info)
- Workplace EV Chargepoint Grants