East Lothian Council secures funding for new electric vehicle charge points in residential areas of five county towns and villages.

East Lothian Council has been awarded £45,000 from the Department for Transport (DfT) to install electric vehicle chargepoints in residential areas of five East Lothian towns and villages.

The council applied to the DfTs Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) for funding for the chargepoints following approaches from members of the public wishing to invest in electric cars. The funding will be topped-up with money from Transport Scotland to install new vehicle chargers in Aberlady, Dunbar, Stenton, North Berwick and West Barns.

“These chargepoints will improve access for everyone in the area, not just the residents who made the initial approach. I’d encourage anyone with suggestions about locations for new points to get in touch.”

OLEV grants are available to councils where they can demonstrate there is a local need from residents without a driveway or private parking to access an electric chargepoint. The council’s application followed requests from a number of people that met this criteria. Once installed, each chargepoint will be able to be used more widely and improves access to the charging network within residential areas. Householders with private driveways or off-street parking are able install their own electric chargepoints and may apply for funding from Energy Saving Trust Scotland for this purpose.

East Lothian Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment Councillor Norman Hampshire welcomed the funding award, saying: “Electric vehicles are more environmentally-friendly and economical than petrol or diesel cars. However the decision to invest in one can be difficult for residents without access to a private driveway to install a chargepoint. The OLEV scheme removes this barrier by making funding available to the local authority to meet this demand. The added advantage is that it widens access to chargepoints within residential areas, not just in town centre locations.

"These chargepoints will improve access for everyone in the area, not just the residents who made the initial approach. I'd encourage anyone with suggestions about locations for new points to get in touch."

Residents without access to private driveways or chargepoints, or those who wish to suggest locations for new public chargepoints, can contact East Lothian Council by emailing evcharging@eastlothian.gov.uk

East Lothian Council has already received £500,000 funding from Transport Scotland this year to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points in the county. An online map showing locations of Electric Vehicle Chargepoints across Scotland is available on Charge Place Scotland

Published: Monday, 15th October 2018