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 140 chargers including:
- High-power Journey chargers (>50kW) located just off the A1 at Wallyford Park&Ride, suitable for cars with trailers (including caravans) and vehicles up to 12m long
- Journey chargers (43-50kW) in all of our larger towns, for quick top-ups when needed
- Destination chargers in towns and at community centres 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 installed in areas where properties tend not to have driveways
- multiple chargers with all-day unrestricted parking in long-stay car parks
- workplace chargers for council staff and visitors at many buildings
- chargers for our own pool vehicles and works vans as we increasingly electrify our fleet
All our public Journey and Destination chargers are connected to the ChargePlace Scotland (CPS) network while our on-street bollard style chargers are connected to either the Connected Kerb or Fuuse networks.
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.
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 businesses to install car chargers through the Energy Saving Trust: