Electric vehicle charging point statistics: FOI release

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

Information requested

1. How many vehicle electric charging points are currently installed across Scotland, and of those, how many are currently a) working and b) not working?

2. How many vehicle electric charging points the Scottish Government anticipates will be required between now and 2030, to meet its target of no new sales of petrol of diesel road vehicles?


1. ChargePlace Scotland have 2338 charge points (as at 31 December 2021) commissioned onto the network. These include both publicly available and private charge points. The private charge points are only available for use by the company who own them, for fleet vehicles etc and are usually located in an area that for safety reasons are not accessible to the public.

Total on
2338 1591 747

Please note these figures are for ChargePlace Scotland only and do not include any other charge points in Scotland that have not been installed through the LAIP (Local Authority Installation Programme) or EST (Energy Saving trust) grant funding programme.

The total charge points available for use as at today 26th March is 93%. This includes 24 charge points that have been switched off as premises are closed due to Covid restrictions and regulations and 21 charge points that have been switched off long term, notified by the owner for various reasons such as building being condemned, car park closed for maintenance or relocation required, which equates to approx. 2% of unavailable charge points.

Please note that availability figures change daily as charge points go in and out of service.

2. It isn’t possible to define a number of chargers needed to deliver against specific targets in Scotland given the wide range of factors that will influence and ultimately determine what is required. These would include technology developments in terms of vehicles, batteries and charging equipment as well as the impact of other actions supporting Scottish Government’s ambition to reduce the total number of privately owned cars, as set out in the National Transport Strategy.

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Central Enquiry Unit
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