Scotland: East Lothian Council selects SWARCO to build charging hubs


SWARCO eVolt was selected by the Scottish Council to supply EV charging units for the ongoing project to improve EV infrastructure in the county. SWARCO will supply a total of 45 charging units, including 11 rapid chargers across 28 locations.

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The 11 rapid chargers feature double charging capabilities, and can charge “two vehicles simultaneously in 30 minutes”, according to the press release. Charging hubs are to be established in East Lothian’s six largest towns; Musselburgh, Tranent, Haddington, Dunbar, North Berwick and Prestonpans. These locations will also receive the previously mentioned rapid chargers.

The rest of the chargers will be installed “at car parks and on-street in a number of the county’s smaller towns and villages.” In some instances, they will also serve to replace outdated existing infrastructure.

Ryan Robertson, Roads Officer at East Lothian Council, explained the choice of SWARCO as follows: “Our aim is to promote the use of EV’s to the residents of East Lothian and provide them with the essential infrastructure they need to use and charge their EV’s, including in some of the most rural areas in the county. And that requires a reliable supplier, capable of fulfilling our plans.”

Update 15 September 2020: SWARCO eVolt has meanwhile installed 18 charging stations at a new Charging Hub at Wallyford Park & Choose (Bus/Rail), for East Lothian Council. The council-managed location provides a transport alternative for drivers looking to visit Edinburgh with over 300 free parking spaces, and frequent bus and rail connections.

The new hub features a total of 18 charging stations, including 2 of SWARCO eVolt’s 150kW high power chargers to cater for both destination and journey charging. The East Lothian Council has invested heavily in charging infrastructure over the past 18 months, with 83 publicly accessible charging points installed so far. Last year, SWARCO eVolt installed 45 charging units across 28 sites in each of East Lothian’s largest towns, as well as rural towns and villages.

Source: Press release via  email, update via email


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