Using our chargers
We offer the following types of chargers:
- High-power Journey chargers (> 50kW) - for super-quick top-ups, for people passing through or making an unplanned journey, located just off the A1 at Wallyford Park&Ride. Also suitable for cars with trailers (including caravans) and vehicles up to 12m long
- Journey chargers (43-50kW) - for top-ups in town, or people making an unplanned journey
- Destination chargers (up to 22kW) - for when the vehicle will be parked for a while, for example, while shopping or working in town, or while left parked overnight at your local community centre.
- On-street chargers (up to 7kW) - for routine charging, on the street near where you normally park.
Chargers owned and maintained by East Lothian Council have the following rates:
- 50p per kWh for High-power Journey chargers (>50kW)
- 40p per kWh for Journey chargers (43-50kW)
- 25p per kWh for Destination chargers
There is a minimum charge of £1 per session (not a connection fee) on our Destination chargers, and £2 per session on the Journey chargers.
The Journey chargers also apply an overstay charge of £30 if a vehicle is plugged in for more than 45 minutes, and people who stay too long could additionally be subject to a £60 Penalty Charge issued by our Parking Attendants. These measures are intended to ensure that drivers move on as soon as possible and the space is left available for the next vehicle that needs a rapid top-up.
All our public Journey and Destination chargers are connected to the ChargePlace Scotland (CPS) network and are accessible to CPS Members via the CPS App or RFID card or to non-CPS members via Webpay. For more information visit the ChargePlace Scotland website.
Our On-street bollard-style chargers are connected to either the Connected Kerb or Fuuse networks. For more information on these chargers, including tariffs and ways to pay, visit the operator’s own website/Apps:
- Fuuse for those at Eskside East
- Connected Kerb for:
As our Destination and On-street chargers are offered primarily for use by people without the ability to safely charge at home the rates have been set as low as possible while still covering our costs. However it is a fine balance, as it is also important that we not set prices lower than average cost for charging at home. This is to encourage drivers who can re-fuel at home do so, and do not take up space on the public charging network. At the other end of the scale, our Journey charger rates are in line with commercial operators.
East Lothian Council's tariff has been welcomed by EVA Scotland who described our rates as “fair, proportionate, and reflective of the current high energy costs faced in the UK, while continuing to provide flexible, affordable charging across the range of charge points offered”.
Your price per mile depends on the efficiency of your battery, and you can use this calculator to see how much you could save.
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 to 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 chargers have no marked bays, and only local parking restrictions apply. As parking is at a premium in many residential streets we do not restricting parking adjacent to our to our on-street chargers to any one type of vehicle, or specify that vehicles should be plugged in.
In addition to the usual payment methods, it is also possible to use contactless payment via credit or debit card at our Journey chargers only. The Destination and on-street chargers do not have a contactless payment facility.
While contactless payment makes charging easier, 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
We publish our chargepoint usage statistics periodically, and they can be downloaded in an Excel spreadsheet from this link: