About our chargers
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 chargers including:
- Journey (Rapid) chargers in all of our larger towns, for quick top-ups when needed
- Desination chargers in town centre and other high density residential areas providing unrestricted overnight parking and up to four hours during the day, for affordable charging close to home
- on-street bollard-style chargers 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 locationsmultiple chargers 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 chargers for council employees at many buildings
- chargers for our own pool vehicles and works vans as we increasingly electrify our fleet
This interactive map of chargers shows the locations of all of our public chargers, plus others on the national ChargePlace Scotland network, all accessible via a single account (find out about Using our chargers).
Additionally, more and more businesses (e.g. supermarkets, hotels, fuel stations and private developers) are providing charging options for their customers. Locations of these are often available at ZapMap or Plugshare or click here to see our overview of what developers are providing in East Lothian.
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 car chargers through the Energy Saving Trust:
- Domestic car charger Grants (If you are a Council tenant, you will require Landlord's Consent to install a private car charger. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info)
- Business car charger Grants