Number of public and private Charge Point Scotland points: FOI release

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

Information requested

Total public and privately available charge points commissioned onto ChargePlace Scotland (CPS) network following installation, since the inception of the scheme in 2013, to April 2022


See table in Annex A.

Scottish Government offer funding to hosts for the installation of electrical vehicle charge points, however installations are only counted when they are in full working order which is when they are commissioned onto the CPS network, hence the table in Annex 1 being headed as 'chargers commissioned onto the CPS network' and no separate figure for installations. Note that the 'private' charge points are based in depots and other business premises and not available to the public.

Total publicly available charge points condemned (deemed unrepairable) since the inception of the scheme - Transport Scotland, Scottish Government and ChargePlace Scotland do not necessarily receive information from the charge point owner as to why a unit has been removed from public use. Note that all charge points are owned by the Local Authority, other public body, charity or commercial business (also known as a 'hosts' or 'owners') who received grant funding from the Scottish Government. When the terms and conditions of the grant funding have been fulfilled the host can choose to remove or replace the charge point from the network. Any charge points that Transport Scotland are aware of having been condemned during the grant term period are detailed below. Some hosts remove charge points for other reasons such as - an upgraded model being more suitable and/ or more economical to replace with a newer model rather than repair. However this does not mean the original charge points are necessarily deemed as unrepairable or condemned. For example, some hosts may repair and move the older units to a depot for fleet use or leave them in situ with the newer model backing them up.

Based on the information we hold the following charge points have been condemned:

  • Arbroath Infirmary, Arbroath - retired a charge point as no replacement parts were available due to the age of the machine, therefore unrepairable.
  • Forth House car park, Stirling - notified that charge point removed 11 August 2022. Reason not given

Based on the information we hold the following charge points have been swapped/ upgraded:

  • Angus Council replaced existing charge points and relocated the older units.
  • Fife Council replaced existing charge points as contactless could not be retrofitted.
  • Fife Council relocated an old charger from a park & ride (high usage area) as not fit for purpose at this location.
  • East Dunbartonshire Council replacing an existing unit to allow 2 to be installed in a busy location. The charge point in situ could not support a second charge point.
  • Inverness Council relocated a charge point to a more appropriate location, due to high ticket/ fault reports.
  • Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry Ports - removal of older units which are weather exposed and in poor condition for newer models with shelters. More cost effective, older units being retired.
  • Castle car park, New Cumnock - notified that old charger being retired and replaced by newer model.

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