ChargePlace Scotland - Charging Ahead

ChargePlace Scotland - Charging Ahead


Laurence Kenney, Transport Scotland, Callum Donnelly, Transport Scotland


The ChargePlace Scotland electric vehicle charging network has over 650 charge points. This paper will explore the growth of the network and usage to date to learn lessons for the development of networks elsewhere in Europe.


The Scottish Government has set a vision of freeing Scotland's towns, cities and communities from the damaging effects of petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles by 2050. A key action to support the transition to electric vehicles is the development of reliable charging infrastructure across Scotland.

European Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure places charging infrastructure at the centre of the transport agenda across Europe. This is clear in one of the Association’s identified themes for this year’s conference: developments in electric vehicles.

The essence of innovation, the Transport Scotland sponsored ChargePlace Scotland network has grown from zero to over 650 charging points across Scotland from Shetland to Dumfries and Galloway over the last 4 years. In the last month (January 2016), the network catered for around 19,000 charging sessions, delivering over 130,000 kWhrs of electricity.
This paper will explore how the network has grown, considering types of chargers, hosts and locations to highlight lessons learned from this project delivery with relevance to other networks in Europe.

The paper will then move on to analyse charge point usage by geographical area, types of charger, locations and time of day and week. It will highlight the busiest and quietest locations and seek to identify the reasons behind these to help with planning future development.

The paper will consider the difference in function and need for slower charging in urban and destination locations and rapid charging (sub 30mins) allowing for strategic journeys and high turnover locations.

A Charge Point Network Operator ‘back office’ is a vital part the charging network. Transport Scotland is currently procuring a new Operator. The new Operator will be in place by the time of the conference. The paper will explore the challenges faced and resolved in ensuring the best value in the new contract to improve it in key areas such as customer service and fault resolution.

The paper will conclude by looking to future to consider how the network should develop to ensure a robust and reliable network to support of the growth of electric vehicles.


Association for European Transport