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Electric vehicle (EV) charging point numbers: EIR release

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


Information requested

1. What is the total number of Publicly available EV charging points (individual vehicle capacity) currently installed and operational within Scotland?

2. How many disabled EV charging bays (ones that meet THE DISABLED PERSONS’ PARKING PLACES (SCOTLAND) ACT 2009) are currently operational in Scotland as a whole and data broken down by Council Area?

Response

I attach a copy of the information you requested. Please note all figures are as the network stands on the date noted and can change on a daily basis.

1. There are currently 2162 publicly available charge points installed on the ChargePlace Scotland network as at 23 January 2022.

2. The total figure operational on the ChargePlace Scotland network as at 23 January 2022 is 2136. Please note this figure can change on an hourly basis as charge points dip in an out of service, new faults reported and others repaired.

3. Please see the excel document attached detailing the total number of publicly available EV charge points installed on the ChargePlace Scotland network. This has been broken down to the charger capacity as requested.

You may also wish to review the Scottish Transport Statistics report Chapter 13: Environment and Emissions (transport.gov.scot). Information for 2021 is being collated at the moment and will be published February 2022. Under regulation 6(1)(b) of the EIRs, we do not have to give you information which is already publicly available and easily accessible to you in another form or format. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

Under the terms of the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs (information not held), the Scottish Government is not required to provide information which it does not have. The Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested regarding how many disabled EV charging bays are currently operational in Scotland. Ensuring electric charge points are accessible and user friendly for all is a core part of the Scottish Government’s approach to building out Scotland’s charging infrastructure. All chargers supported by Scottish Government funding must meet the requirements and recommendations set out in Transport Scotland’s good practice guide. This makes clear that installations by local authorities and other charge point owners should take account of duties set out in the Equalities Act 2010, noting specific accessibility considerations including in areas such as hatched markings and dropped kerbs.

Transport Scotland is working in partnership with Scottish Enterprise through the Can Do Innovation Challenge framework to improve the design of electric vehicle charge points to make them even more accessible. This project is being advanced with input from the disabled community and organisations including Motability, the Mobility and Access Committee, The Roads for all forum, Perth and Kinross Inclusive Living Centre and Disabled Equality Scotland.

Some areas will require UK wide standards, and in this regard Transport Scotland is working with The Department for Transport, the charity Motability, and the British Standards Institution on the development of Accessible Electric Vehicle Charge point standards. Once developed, these advisory standards will provide specifications for the installers and operators of public charging infrastructure to ensure a more accessible and inclusive charging system across Scotland, and the UK as a whole.

Transport Scotland is also working with Scottish Futures Trust to establish a new framework to grow Scotland’s public electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This work will provide further opportunities to consider and embed accessible design standards into the deployment of charging infrastructure across Scotland.

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