Using our chargers

Our car chargers

We offer three types of chargers:

  • Journey chargers (43kW or more) - for quick top-ups, for people passing through or making an unplanned journey
  • Destination chargers (up to 22kW) - for when the vehicle will be parked for a while e.g at homes and workplaces.
  • On-street chargers (up to 7kW) - for routine charging, on the street near where you normally park.  

Our tariffs

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 Destination and On-street chargers

All our public chargers are connected to the national ChargePlace Scotland (CPS) network and are accessible via the CPS App or membership card. For more information, or to register to use these chargers, visit the ChargePlace Scotland website.

There is a minimum charge of £1 per session.

The price per mile depends on the efficiency of your battery, and you can use this calculator to see how much you could save.

As the Destination and On-street chargers are intended to be for regular charging, and will potentially be used by people without the option of charging at home, the tariff has been set as low as possible while still covering our costs. However, we are keen to ensure that it remains more attractive for those drivers who are able to, to charge their vehicles at home, in order to reduce the pressure on the public charging network.

The Journey chargers apply an overstay charge of £1 per minute if a vehicle is plugged in for more than 45 minutes. This is to encourage drivers to move on to ensure that the sapce is available for the next vehicle who needs a rapid top-up.

Parking restrictions

Chargers with marked bays are restricted to use by plugged in electric vehicles only, and:

  • at Destination chargers a four-hour maximum stay applies during the day (8.30am-5.30pm) but overnight charging is allowed
  • in long-stay car parks such as Park and Ride sites, there are no time restrictions on the Destination charger
  • in contrast, spaces at Journey chargers are not expected to be used for 'parking' (drivers will likely remain with their vehicle) and the 45-minute maximum stay is applied 24 hours a day

All parking restrictions are enforced by parking attendants who can issue a Penalty Charge Notice if a vehicle is parked for too long, or if it is not plugged in.

Our on-street 'bollard-style' chargepoints have no marked bays, and only local parking restrictions apply. These are being installed in busy or sensitive locations where no preference is given to either electric or non-electric vehicles.

The Highway Code (Rule 239) is clear that you should avoid creating a trip hazard from trailing cables.

Contactless payment

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 and on-street 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:

  • on 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

Chargepoint statistics

We publish our chargepoint usage statistics every quarter, and they can be downloaded in an Excel spreadsheet from this link: 

View Charger Usage Statistics