Edinburgh introduces electric vehicle point charges

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Edinburgh City Council has announced new costs to be introduced for electric vehicle charging stations.

Costs for using electric vehicle chargers owned and supplied by the council are due to be introduced on Sunday 1 May.

The charges, which will be displayed at existing charging points, were agreed as part of the budgeting process earlier this year.

The council said any revenue generated will be used to fund ongoing costs associated with electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

The council worked on introducing 81 Chargers to the city. Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash

In March, the council began work to introduce 81 charging stations on residential streets and park-and-rides around the city, which will be available for use by summer.

The rollout is being funded by £2.3m awarded through Transport Scotland’s Switched on Towns and Cities Challenge Fund.

Charges and maximum stays will depend on the type of charger, with full details available on the Council’s website.

Councilor Lesley Macinnes, responsible for transport and the environment, said: “We are in the process of introducing even more electric vehicle charging stations in the city.

“[These] will provide quick and convenient extra charging for people living in and traveling to and from the city.

“Increasing this kind of infrastructure is key to helping people switch to more sustainable modes of transport, like electric cars, which is vital if we are to go net zero by 2030.

“Any revenue generated from fees introduced next month will help us maintain and continue to grow our charging network.”

Councilor Karen Doran, Vice President of Transportation and Environment, said, “It’s really encouraging that so many people are choosing to switch to electric vehicles, and we want to help even more people make that choice.

“We have set the costs for using our chargers as part of this year’s budget, and the rates will be clearly displayed at charging stations and on our website.”

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