Electric vehicle charging network: EIR release

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Information requested

  1. Many ChargePlace Scotland chargers are free at the point of use. Could you please disclose how much electricity has been provided through these free chargers (in kWh) as well as the total taxpayer cost to subsidise this. Could this cost be broken down by year too.
  2. Could you please disclose the amount spent on installing EV chargers.


  1. At the point of writing this response, 39% of charge points registered on the ChargePlace Scotland (CPS) network have no tariff applied - this equates to 921 charge points across Scotland. Please see table below for totals of kWh drawn for charge points where no tariff is applied. This has been provided by month for 2022.
Year kWh *
2022 20901978
2021 13582352
2020 8961204
2019 8082638
2018 5224494
2017 3210470
2016 1879725
2015 816056
2014 224545

* All figures have been rounded up to the nearest kWh.

  1. To date the total spend by Scottish Government for installing publicly available electric vehicle charge points that are registered on the CPS network is = £66,400,000.00. This is how much has been spent through grant funding and does not necessarily include the total cost of installation, the remainder of which is borne by the charge point owners (also referred to as ‘hosts’) themselves.

    While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested. We are not able to provide information on the total taxpayer cost of subsidising these tariffs. Therefore we are refusing your request under the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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