Edinburgh kicks-off on-street charging network plan


In Scotland, Edinburgh City Council has given the green light for a plan to build 66 on-street EV charging points in 14 hubs across the city by 2020. This is only the first phase of what is called the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Business Case.

The EV infrastructure plan for Edinburgh was given the go-ahead by the council’s Transport and Environment Committee in October. The plan involves the eventual installation of a total of 211 on-street charging points by 2023 at a cost of £3.3m (roughly 3.8 million euros).

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, who is the city’s Transport and Environment Convener, said “We’ve seen an exponential rise in the popularity of electric vehicles over the last few years, and we want to see this continue. Encouraging drivers to choose environmentally friendly modes of transport over diesel or petrol cars will have a real impact on air quality so it’s essential that we provide the infrastructure to allow this.”

Charging points will be placed strategically around Edinburgh, whereby project managers will liaise with parking and planning departments, along with Distribution Network Operator Scottish Power Energy Networks, to see the spread of infrastructure across the city.


In order to avoid clutter and the blocking of residential parking spots, the Council is making sure that charging points are installed on roads, rather than footpaths, and near, but not adjacent to residential housing. The goal is for electric vehicle bays to be operable 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the exclusive use of charging electric vehicles and not for parking. To ensure that this is the case, an enforcement policy is currently under development.

The Scottish government wants to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032 with a number of different initiatives including supporting the purchase of electric bikes and pedelecs as well as “green” buses.

edinburghguide.com, holyrood.com, edinburgh.gov.uk


about „Edinburgh kicks-off on-street charging network plan“
edward Whitehorn
29.09.2020 um 09:44
Leith is a major local tourist and visitor hub yet it only boasts one fast public and one normal charge point(Tesco).
Sandra Buchanan
07.11.2020 um 20:55
As a new electric car owner, my first experience of charging my car was not giving me much confidence in Edinburgh Council. As an eco city that they pride in themselves with low emissions on public transport. There are not many super chargers and with the app, quite a few are out of service. In addition, when you arrive, there are ques, move to another and no guarantees you will not face the same problem. I do not have a driveway but would hope that more facilities would become available on a grander scale than what we have. I was at a park and ride where there is ample space but one super charger, many vehicles turned up and went away. We know the solution is more street charging. How long do we wait when increasingly more electric cars are being bought to provost better environment for Edinburgh? Let’s invest in a more sustainable eco friendly city. Dundee are very advanced in their charging facilities, one of the best in the UK. Edinburgh can be like this and compliment it’s eco friendly culture. I await your response. Regards Sandra Buchanan

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