Charging points numbers and cost: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

  1. How many charging points for electric cars has Charging Point Scotland built (the overall figure, and breakdown by financial year).
  2. How much has been spent on installing charging points in Scotland (the overall figure, and break down by financial year).
  3. Any correspondence between Charging Point Scotland and Transport Scotland/Scottish Government regarding meeting the target of 30,000 charging points by 2030.


1. Please see table below - Table 1.

ChargePlace Scotland (CPS) do not build or install charge points. Charge points on CPS are procured and installed by organisations who have received grant funding from the Scottish Government. A condition of the grant funding is that their charge point(s) must be commissioned onto the CPS network. Please note there are a few charge points included in the CPS install figures that have been commercially funded (not SG funded).

Column 1: Total charge points for public and non-public (depot, business and fleet) charge points.

Column 2: Total publicly available charge points only.

2. Please see table below - Table 2.

Transport Scotland do not hold information on the total investment made by all organisations and businesses to develop public EV charging infrastructure in Scotland, for instance, commercial investments that take place in Scotland that aren't part of the CPS network. Figures provided below present the grant funding amounts committed by the Scottish Government each year to enable installation of EV charging infrastructure, however these figures do not include funding for the installation of charge points for EC buses.

Transport Scotland also support domestic and business charge point installs, totals can be found in the EST website by using the links below.

Domestic chargepoint funding - Energy Saving Trust

Business chargepoint funding - Energy Saving Trust


There has been no correspondence between ChargePlace Scotland (CPS) and Transport Scotland/Scottish Government regarding a target of 30,000 charge points by 2030. This is not a Scottish Government target but a figure suggested by the Climate Change Committee as a potential target.

Table 1

Year Total All Charge Point Installs Publicly Available Installs
April 2014 - March 2015 265 157
April 2015 - March 2016 285 253
April 2016 - March 2017 114 82
April 2017 - March 2018 202 161
April 2018 - March 2019 367 219
April 2019 - March 2020 990 513
April 2020 - March 2021 957 394
April 2021 - March 2022 461 273
April 2022 - October 2022 411 270

Table 2. Funding Awarded by Scottish Government for installation of Public EV Charging Infrastructure.

Financial Year £000 of Funding Awarded
2010/11 3,565
2011/12 1,625
2012/13 1,520
2013/14 2,059
2014/15 2,622
2015/16 1,654
2016/17 2,193
2017/18 2,571
2018/19 13,914
2019/20 13,625
2020/21 11,341
2021/22 6,540
2022/23 3,172
Grand Total 66,400

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