EVA Scotland Directors have had a videoconference with the new EV Infrastructure team at Edinburgh City Council, who gave us an update on picking up the reins of the Infrastructure plan. It is hoped that the 66 charge-points planned in the current phase will all be in place during this financial year. There has been a close working relationship with the DNO, SPEnergyNetworks, with some sites repositioned to match available network capacity. It is clear that since recently taking over the works the current team is enthusiastic and driven toward providing the infrastructure the city needs.
Although funding was due to expire, they have ensured that it is carried forward, allowing the Tier 1 infrastructure to progress. We expect to see further implementation begin with a dynamic review to ensure infrastructure is best placed to support users and city planning policy.
The issue of tariff structure was raised, with a view to ensuring that we can provide influence for a future review, promoting a tariff that best supports drivers and Charge Point Operators.
Discussions also touched the development of maintenance, active travel, public transport and some alternative strategies that have the potential to both enhance charging provision for residents without off-street parking as well as reducing the number of cars on the streets.
We offered our continuing support to the council in delivering improved infrastructure.