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EV charge point use in Scotland up by almost a half

The use of electric vehicle charge points in Scotland has increased by 43% in a year.

An RAC Foundation analysis of data collected by the ChargePlace Scotland network found that charge points across the country were used 37,433 times in August 2017, compared with 26,119 in August 2016 and 12,939 in August 2015.

Despite the overall increase, 23% of charge points were not used at all in August 2017, only slightly less than the 25% that went unused in August 2016.

The total number of charge points across the country also increased over the 12-month period. As of August 2017, there were 1,133 points in the ChargePlace Scotland network with a total of 2,089 connectors (sockets) between them. This compares with 870 charge points and 1,772 connectors a year earlier. Rapid chargers made up 16% of chargers but were used for 49% of all charging sessions.

The top ten charge points by usage were all rapid chargers and accounted for 13% of all charging sessions in August 2017. Eight of the top ten charge points – including the top three – were in Dundee.

“Scotland may be on the cusp of a motoring revolution, but step changes in electric vehicle technology must be matched by equally big strides in recharging infrastructure,” Steve Gooding, a Director of the RAC Foundation, said. “It is pleasing to see the use rapid chargers are getting, but the stubbornly high number of charge points that get little or no use shows that we still need to think not just about the total amount of charging infrastructure but what type it is and where it is located.

“Few of the owners of Scotland’s 2.8 million cars and vans think twice about the process of refuelling with petrol or diesel. Only when we get close to the same ease of use for electric cars will we truly enable a mass market for them.”

At the end of September 2017 there were 6,284 electric cars and vans licensed in Scotland eligible for the plug-in car and van grant schemes, compared to 4,020 at the end of September 2016.
Date posted: 25th, January, 2018