Electric vehicles (EVs) are key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. EVs will have a key role in supporting our renewable energy ambitions and local energy systems. EVs will bring benefits to drivers, communities and the wider environment.
Benefits of electric vehicles
While the initial upfront purchase price of an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle can be higher, this is usually offset by lower running costs.
Electric vehicles offer savings including:
- A full charge in a pure electric vehicle will give a typical range of over 100 miles and will cost approximately £4-6 if charging at home, and £8-10 if using public charging points, which is three to four times lower than a petrol or diesel car
- There are fewer mechanical components in an electric vehicle compared with conventional vehicles, which often results in lower servicing and maintenance costs
- Pure EVs have a zero rate of vehicle excise duty
- Low insurance costs
- Lower carbon dioxide emissions and no air pollution at point of use
The Energy Saving Trust have more information on the benefits of EVs.
Electric vehicle charge point locations
There is a growing number of publicly available Charge Points in the Falkirk Council area. You can view the locations of Charge Points on the live web map at chargeplacescotland.org. The map will also show in real time which chargers are available for use, and will show if a Charge Point has a tariff to use it.
Using an electric vehicle charge point
To access the ChargePlace Scotland network you need to sign up to become a member.
Once you are a member you will need to decide which access method you want to use. You can choose to purchase a ChargePlace Scotland Access card, or you can download the Charge Your Car mobile app for free from your app store. The ChargePlace Scotland Access Card service costs an annual fee of £20. If you don't want to become a member, you can still use the charge points through the mobile app or by phoning ChargePlace Scotland on 0141 648 0750.
ChargePlace Scotland has developed an etiquette guide on using the charging network. We ask that all users of the network refer to this guide to ensure everyone the best and fairest experience.
As we continue to expand our public facing EV charging network to over 100 chargers by Autumn 21 we will be introducing a tariff for use of the service from Monday 19 April 2021. This will allow the Council to cover the costs of operating the EV charge points.
The tariff is £0.25 per kWh, with a £1 minimum charged per session and no connection charge a £5 overstay charge will be applied to the 22kW and 50kW chargers to encourage efficient use of the chargers. The overstay fee will not apply to the 7kW chargers. As part of the tariff introduction, parking charges will not apply to EVs while plugged in and charging in an EV charging bay.