Using East Lothian's Chargepoints
Although the connection leads are now more-or-less standardised (i.e. you can plug in any car to any EV charger), they do come with different power ratings:
Destination Chargers - for when the vehicle will be parked for a while:
- Slow/Domestic (3kW) - will charge a car in around 10 hours i.e. overnight. These tend to be used for home and workplace charging. There is usually 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 (43kW or more) - less than 1 hour (20 mins to 80% charge)
- Ultra (150kW or more) - designed for vehicles with larger batteries (20mins to 80% charge)
All EV chargers owned and maintained by East Lothian Council have the following tariffs:
- 30p per kWh for Journey chargers (43kW or more)
- 16p per kWh for slower chargepoints (Destination chargerss)
There will be a minimum charge of £1 per session, which would be waived if the session was interrupted.
As the Destination chargepoints are intended to be for day-to-day charging, and will potentially be used by people without the option of charging at home, the tariff has been set as low as possible in order to cover our costs. It is also important to ensure that it remains cheaper for EV drivers to charge their vehicles at home (currently 2-4p per mile, depending on electricity provider), in order to reduce the pressure on the public charging network. Our tariffs equate to around 6p per mile for Journey chargers and 3p per mile for slower chargers, which compares well with average costs for conventionally fuelled vehicles of 15p per mile.
Parking restictions at chargepoints
Each EV chargepoint is covered by a Traffic Regulation Order which restricts parking to a limited period (generally 45 minutes for Journey charger and 4 hours for other chargers). The Journey chargers are not parking spaces and users are expected to stay with their vehicle, and the 45 minutes maximum stay will apply 24 hours a day. The four hour parking restriction at Destination chargepoints only applies 8.30am-5.30pm and overnight parking is allowed.
The restrictions will be enforced by parking attendants who will issue a Penalty Charge Notice if a vehicle is parked for too long, or if it is not plugged in. Additionally, an overstay charge of £1 per minute will apply to the Journey chargepoints to encourage high turnover to try to ensure that the chargepoint is always available when a rapid top-up is needed.
In addition to the usual payment methods, it is also possible to pay for charging at our Journey chargers using contactless payment via credit or debit card. The contactless payment terminal is found on the charger, just below the screen. The Destination chargers do not have a contactless payment facility.
While contactless payment makes it easier to charge up across the country, there are a few points to bear in mind:
- Upon presentation of a contactless debit or credit card, a pre-authorisation amount is reserved on your card, but not taken from your account. This is then replaced with the actual charge amount and this is usually at the end of the charging session. Occasionally (and this depends on the bank) this may take up to two working days.
- In the unlikely instance of a failed charge, it can also take up to 2 working days for the pre-authorisation amount to disappear.
We publish our chargepoint usage statistics every quarter, and they can be downloaded in an Excel spreadsheet from the link below.