EV charge point use in Scotland 10 Nov 2016

Charging volume doubles in a year

Electric vehicle charging points in Scotland were used 26,119 times during August 2016. 

This is twice the volume (12,939) in the same month a year earlier, and nine times the usage in August 2014 (2,885).

Despite the overall increase in usage there were still 25% of charge points that were not used at all during August 2016, though this was down from the 32% not used at all in August 2015 and 45% that went unused in August 2014.

(A full table of charge points and their usage listed by local authority follows below.)

At the end of June 2016 – the latest figures available – there were 3,575 electric cars and vans licensed in Scotland eligible for the government’s plug-in car and van grant schemes. This is compared to 2,050 at the end of June 2015.

The figures are revealed as part of RAC Foundation analysis of data collected from the ChargePlace Scotland network.

The bulk of the charge points in the ChargePlace Scotland network are publicly accessible though some are located on private commercial premises and will have limited public availability.

The analysis does not include domestic charge points also funded by ChargePlace Scotland.

As of August 2016 there were 870 public and commercial charge points in the ChargePlace Scotland network with a total of 1,772 connectors (sockets) between them.

This compares with 694 charge points and 1,373 sockets a year earlier.

Rapid chargers made up 18% of the total number of chargers but were used for 42% of all charging sessions.

According to ChargePlace Scotland the “majority of public charge points will fully charge most EVs in 4-8 hours. Rapid chargers can charge most EVs from 0 to 80% in 20-30 minutes.”

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

“They say that when it comes to buying a house location, location, location is everything. So it goes with electric charge points. Facilities need to be in places where people will use them. But there’s something more.

“The evidence suggests that it is rapid chargers that are getting a disproportionate amount of use, which bears out the view that improving the convenience and speed of ‘filling’ up with electricity is mission critical to the wider take-up of these vehicles."

Table: charge point usage by Local Authority, August 2016

 

Aug 2016

Charge points

Connectors

Charge points used at least once

% of charge points used at least once

Aberdeen City

44

82

37

84%

Aberdeenshire

18

45

13

72%

Angus

16

28

12

75%

Argyll & Bute

22

54

11

50%

Clackmannanshire

12

25

10

83%

Dumfries & Galloway

20

44

8

40%

Dundee City

70

149

58

83%

East Ayrshire

11

24

6

55%

East Dunbartonshire

4

9

3

75%

East Lothian

19

35

11

58%

East Renfrewshire

5

11

5

100%

Edinburgh, City of

68

128

46

68%

Eilean Siar

17

37

9

53%

Falkirk

15

30

12

80%

Fife

69

138

58

84%

Glasgow City

76

156

68

89%

Highland

45

108

32

71%

Inverclyde

8

18

8

100%

Midlothian

27

47

19

70%

Moray

15

33

10

67%

North Ayrshire

13

28

11

85%

North Lanarkshire

16

30

12

75%

Orkney Islands

19

43

16

84%

Perth & Kinross

35

78

28

80%

Renfrewshire

28

59

21

75%

Scottish Borders

34

61

20

59%

Shetland Islands

11

24

7

64%

South Ayrshire

17

33

12

71%

South Lanarkshire

64

108

46

72%

Stirling

25

53

22

88%

West Dunbartonshire

14

29

10

71%

West Lothian

11

23

8

73%

Location unknown

2

2

2

100%

         

Total

870

1,772

651

75%

Contact: 

Philip Gomm – Head of External Communications – RAC Foundation

philip.gomm@racfoundation.org | 020 7747 3445 | 07711 776448 | 020 7389 0601 (ISDN)

Notes to editors:

The RAC Foundation is a transport policy and research organisation that explores the economic, mobility, safety and environmental issues relating to roads and their users.

The Foundation publishes independent and authoritative research with which it promotes informed debate and advocates policy in the interest of the responsible motorist. All the Foundation’s work is available at: www.racfoundation.org  

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