Motorists will have to pay to charge electric vehicles in Edinburgh fr…


From May 1, Edinburgh City Council will charge standard vehicles users 25 pence per kilowatt and rises depending on the kind of charge required.

And and anyone overstaying their time, such as by parking overnight at a charging point, faces a £30 fine.

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The council said revenue would be put back into electric car charging infrastructure in the city.

Electric means users confront paying to charge-up in Edinburgh from May 1.

Transport Scotland gave the council £2.3m to install 81 chargers at 141 bays in residential streets and park and ride sites around the city, which will be obtainable for use by summer.

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and ecosystem Convener, said: “We’re in the time of action of introducing already more electric means charging points across the city, which will provide additional fast, functional charging for people living in and travelling to and from the city.

“Increasing this kind of infrastructure is basic for supporting people to make the shift to more sustainable forms of transport, like electric cars, which is vital if we are to become net zero by 2030. Any income generated from charges introduced next month will help us to continue and continue developing our charging network.

Vice convener Councillor Doran, additional: “It’s really encouraging that so many people are choosing to switch to electric vehicles, and we want to help already more people to make this choice.”

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