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Electric vehicle on-street charging points
PlanningPostOctober 27, 2021, 14:51
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April 4, 2018, 13:36
Normal topicElectric vehicle on-street charging points

The City of Edinburgh Council has been awarded £2.2m of funding from Transport Scotland through the Switched on Towns and Cities Fund for installing electric vehicle (EV) on street charging points across the city. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the funding has been extended to April 2022.

A total of 66 on-street charging points will be put in across the city as part of the first phase of implementation.

A full list of the locations is available from the Council's EV charge point web pages. These are set to be installed across Edinburgh over Phase 1 of the project. It is expected to be completed by 31 March 2022.

The only street close to the Grange that is included in Phase 1 is Thirlestane Road. The proposal for Thirlestane Road is for four charging points, each with two AC sockets capable of providing up to 22kW. Eight parking bays will therefore be provided with end-on parking as is currently the case there.

Note that these on-street charging points are AC supply points, similar to home EV charging points. They are not vehicle chargers. Chargers take AC and convert it to DC to charge a car's battery. EV owners can either use the on-board charger (OBC) in their own car, supplying it with AC from a charging point such as a home point or these points being installed on street in Edinburgh, or they can use a high power DC rapid charger, such as at the Park & Ride sites, which can provide up to 100kW. If using their OBC, the rate of charge will be the lower of the capacity of the OBC or of the charging point. OBCs are typically limited to about 7kW and so will take a few hours to charge an EV's battery from empty to full.

Parking spaces allocated for EV charging points can only be occupied by EVs which are receiving a charge. Once the charge is complete the vehicle must be moved away to allow other EV users access to the charging point. These parking spaces therefore cannot be used for habitual parking by residents, even if they own an EV.

Please add your comments below with suggestions about whether and where you consider EV charging points should be installed in the Grange.

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