Edinburgh Update

12th Dec 2020

Edinburgh Update

At the City of Edinburgh Council virtual meeting on 10th December 2020, three of the questions were EV related, with one on the current infrastructure roll-out. Some key takeaways are that phase 1 is expected to be complete by the end of March 2022. This will comprise 9 50kW #JourneyChargers, 25 7kW charge points and 32 22kW charge points at 8 locations.

India Street / Circus Gardens Rapid 50kW 2 (4 charging bays) Taxi and general use

Fettes Avenue Rapid 50kW 2 (4 charging bays) Taxi and general use

East London Street Rapid 50kW 2 (4 charging bays) Taxi and general use

Ingliston Park and Ride Rapid 50kW 3 (6 charging bays) Taxi and general use

Heriot Row Fast 22kW AC/DC mix 4 (8 charging bays) Residents

King’s Road Fast 22kW AC/DC mix 4 (8 charging bays) Residents

Sheriff Brae Fast 22kW AC/DC mix 4 (8 charging bays) Residents

Comely Bank Avenue Fast 22kW AC/DC mix 4 (8 charging bays) Residents

Montgomery Street Fast 22kW AC/DC mix 4 (8 charging bays) Residents

Thirlestane Road Fast 22kW AC/DC mix 4 (8 charging bays) Residents

Stewart Terrace Fast 22kW AC/DC mix 4 (8 charging bays) Residents

Maxwell Street Fast 22kW AC/DC mix 4 (8 charging bays) Residents

The 25 7kW chargers will be split between Ingiston and Hermiston P+R. Both of these locations require additional substations to be installed to support the additional load.

While we share the disappointment and frustration with the timelines, we know that the team involved have been faced with significant challenges since picking up the reins on the work earlier this year. We hope to hear more from them in the new year. In particular, it is good to see city centre units that will be hugely important to the Capitals burgeoning fleet of LEVC taxis, enabling more fare-paying electric journeys without the need to make dedicated journeys to charge.

Work is planned to investigate the scope for lamppost charge points, but no proposals are expected until Q3 next year.

With regard to the grant funding for Residential on Street Charging, the Transport Convener stated that

“the necessary electrical infrastructure, supporting civil engineering and Traffic Regulation Order work is not at the delivery stage it was not appropriate for the Council to apply for and install the necessary new chargers in the current financial year.”

It isn’t apparent if any residents of the City have submitted requests for chargers that would be encompassed by this scheme.


Comments

As the plan includes increased power sub station at Hemiston P&R I do not understand why they are not putting in at least 1 additional Rapid 50kW as the single unit there frequently has a queue, more often as not with a taxi on it.

The placement of rapid chargers seem a bit strange to me - mostly residential streets. Good that they are putting in chargers for people who live in flats though.

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