Edinburgh Council’s Proposal for On-street EV Charging Facilities

The Council has recently issued a draft Traffic Regulation Order (TRO/21/24) for the initial stage of consultation on the installation of on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging places on 11 streets across the City.

As background – the Council have been awarded £2.2m of funding from Transport Scotland through the ‘Switched on Towns and Cities Fund’ for installing electric vehicle (EV) on-street chargers across Edinburgh – a total of 66 on-street charging points will be put in across the city as part of the first phase of implementation. Work is expected to be complete with all chargers operational by Spring 2022.

Three of these streets fall within our area: East London Street, India Street and Heriot Row. A further installation is planned for Montgomery Street (4 chargers with 8 bays), just outside NTBCC’s area.

Apart from the location, dimensions of the charging places and the type of charger (KW), the TRO provides very little detail about what will be installed. We’re aware that some residents have already questioned the precise locations of these installations.

From a separate Council website to provide information about the roll out of EV charging, we understand that a total of 8 chargers will service 16 charging bays at the above streets. Also at the Transport and Environment Committee meeting on 14th October, it was reported that a contract had been awarded to BP Pulse to install the EV chargers. Their website shows three different designs for their chargers. We will be seeking clarification from the Council about what exactly will be installed in the Edinburgh World Heritage site and / or the New Town Conservation Area.

This topic will be on the agenda for the next NTBCC meeting on 8 November but in the meantime if you have any comments about these plans please do let us know (via the ‘Contact Us’ facility on our website here and respond to the consultation by writing to TRO.Consultations@edinburgh.gov.uk.

You can also write to the team responsible for the EV charging project at electricvehicles@edinburgh.gov.uk.