The East Dunbartonshire Council has implemented a tariff for its electric vehicle charging points to cover operational costs. The Council has been subsidizing the usage of the charging points to promote the use of sustainable vehicles. However, with the increasing usage of electric vehicles in the area, the Council has decided to introduce a tariff in line with other local authorities in Scotland.
The tariff, approved at the Council’s Place, Neighbourhood and Corporate Assets Committee, will be as follows: 40p per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for both slow and fast charge points, and 70p per kWh for rapid charge points. Additionally, a maximum stay of one hour will be implemented for rapid charge points to ensure that drivers do not occupy the space for an extended period after their vehicle is fully charged. Those who exceed the one-hour limit will be charged an additional £30 overstay fee.
Councillor Paul Ferretti, Convener of PNCA, expressed his enthusiasm for the increased usage of electric vehicles in East Dunbartonshire, citing the Council’s subsidization as a contributing factor. He emphasized the importance of recovering costs while ensuring effective maintenance of the charging points and preventing any negative impact on other services.
The Council’s electric charging points are part of the Charge Place Scotland network. More information can be found on their website.
– Tariff: a schedule or system of rates or charges.
– Kilowatt-hour (kWh): a unit of energy equivalent to one kilowatt of power expended for one hour.
– East Dunbartonshire Council.