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Electric Vehicle Charging

Electric Vehicle Charging

In September 2017, as part of the Scottish Government's Programme for Government, Nicola Sturgeon announced that all petrol and diesel vehicles would be phased out in Scotland by 2032.

The underlying vision is a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will be accompanied by marked improvements in local air quality, noise pollution and public health.

Glasgow's approach

Glasgow is key to Scotland's air quality improvement success and unlocking the Region's full economic potential to make it the low-carbon 'growth engine' for the area.

Glasgow has introduced Scotland's first Low Emission Zone (LEZ), further driving the demand for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). 

Glasgow's LEZ will apply to all vehicle types, except for motorbikes and mopeds, and those vehicle types or uses considered exempt - this would include emergency vehicles and vehicles for disabled persons, including blue badge holders.

Phase 1 of Glasgow's LEZ applies to local service buses only, however when Phase 2 is enforced from 1 June 2023, all vehicles entering the city centre zone must meet the required emission standards to avoid a penalty. 

Zone residents will have an extra year to comply, with enforcement starting from 1 June 2024. The vehicle must be registered to a residential address within the LEZ zone area to qualify for this grace period.

Electric vehicles will be compliant.

The Council adopted pdf icon Glasgow's Active Travel Strategy 2022-2031 [7Mb] at the City Administration Committee on 24th February 2022.

The strategy supports the City's ambitious commitments by 2030 to:

Recent research suggests the average vehicle is only used for 9 hours a week, meaning it takes up valuable parking or road space the remaining 159 hours.

Car clubs offer solutions to EV ownership cost barriers, congestion, parking limitations and air quality issues. They also better match the Councils vision of a sustainable, equitable and healthy, future city.

More information on Car Club vehicle locations can be found on the Co-wheels website.

In addition, electric bikes (eBikes) have been introduced to the City's Nextbike cycle hire scheme. For more information visit the Next Bike website.

What is the Electric Vehicle Charging provision in Glasgow?

The City Administration Committee approved the interim Electric Vehicle Charge Point Policy in February 2020. 

As at April 2022, the council has deployed 292 charge points across 151 units for public use in the city, more than any other Scottish Authority, including a significant number of 'Rapid' units that will charge most vehicles 80% in approximately 30 minutes.  There are currently 20x 50kW chargers and 1x 150kW rapid charger (at Newton Street Car Park). 

Our EV network facilitates in excess of tens of thousands of charges annually for over thousands of individual EV users.

All Council chargers are connected to the Charge Place Scotland network and users can register for an RFID card on their website. Chargers can also be accessed using the mobile app.

A list of publicly available charge points, including those provided by the council and other organisations can be found on the Charge Place Scotland website

In addition, a small number of EV chargers are available for use through the Agile Streets Project.  These are not part of the above network and users need to sign up separately. More information is available here.

EV Charging Tariff

To encourage greater use of electric vehicles a charging tariff has not yet been introduced with the council currently subsidising the operation of the charging network.  However in April 2021 the council agreed that a tariff should be applied and this will be advertised when it is implemented.

Future plans

In terms of growing the network, the council is currently reviewing the forward programme for EV chargers in the City including a review into funding to support the roll out of more chargers and options including the development of dedicated charging hubs and the potential of opening up Council facilities such as schools, to residents for overnight charging.

We are also engaging with a number of retailers to encourage them to provide charge points and investigating future funding streams that may support organisations that do not qualify for current funding. 

More information will be published when these options have been assessed.

We are also working with Glasgow City Region on a regional approach and monitoring the national agenda.

Support for installations

We unfortunately cannot respond to individual requests from citizens or businesses for new chargers.

For Businesses or individual users without a dedicated parking space, an option may be to have a charge point installed at a workplace. A grant is available for businesses from the Energy Saving Trust and more information can be found on the Energy Saving Trust website.  Other grants and loans may also be available from the Office of Zero Emissions Vehicles (OZEV) and Transport Scotland.

Enquiries regarding the installation of chargers at private communal carparks should be directed to the owner, landlord or factor of the site.  There is currently no funding available from the council for private installation.

Parking Charges and Enforcement

As demand on the network continues to rise, enforcement of spaces is critical for the user experience and crucial to maintaining user confidence specifically in the network and in EVs generally.

Many charging bays have Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) in place.  These apply 24 hours a day and restrictions will be enforced by Parking Attendants and, if necessary, the issuing of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs).

Further TROs will be applied to the remaining bays however, this requires a lengthy statutory process to be undertaken to adapt standard parking bays to (or create new) charging bays.  Phase one of the TRO process is distributed to statutory consultees, for example the police and fire services.  Phase 2 is then open to the public.  No signage or alterations to bay markings is permitted until the consultation process is complete and the weight of the responses are positive. Similarly, no enforcement of these spaces can be undertaken until the TRO is in place.

It should be noted that even if there is no EV Charging specific TRO in place, that parking charges and enforcement are in place in onstreet bays and car parks.

There is an assumption from many drivers that restrictions on these bays end at 6pm, similar to other parking spaces, however this is not always the case and drivers should always look for signage at charge points to be sure which restrictions apply to each location.

Reporting faults on the network

Any faults found on the ChargePlace Scotland network can be reported via the ChargePlace Scotland app, by using the fault reporting form or by calling ChargePlace Scotland on 0141 648 0750.

Faults should not be reported to the council as the unit may not be one of ours.

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