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Electric vehicle drivers on Arran who use the North Ayrshire Council charging point on Shore Road will be subject to new tariffs at the start of next month.
The decision to charge for EV charging and overstay charges was made earlier this year, as reported in the Banner in June, but it is now due to come into effect on Wednesday December 1.
The new charges are in line with recommendations from the Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) Scotland and Charge Place Scotland and are largely due to increasing electricity costs and the need to maintain the EV infrastructure to ensure it remains robust and reliable.
At present, there are five EV charge points on Arran, but only one of the rapid charge points (CPID 50525), located on Shore Road, is hosted by North Ayrshire Council, while the rest are privately owned.
The new tariff will be £0.30 per kWh for rapid charge points and £0.19 per kWh for destination charge points. A minimum charge of £1 will apply for each session.
There is an overstay fee of £10 if charge time exceeds 70 minutes on a rapid charge point and 190 minutes on a destination charge point.
For destination charge points, an overstay exemption applies for overnight charging between 7pm and 8.30am and charge points which are located in park and ride car parks have no overstay fees.
Councillor Jim Montgomerie, cabinet member for green new deal and sustainability, said: ‘We are very proud of the work we have carried out so far as part of our ambitious plans to tackle the climate crisis.
‘We have set ourselves a target of being Carbon Net Zero by 2030, so it’s vital that all of us play our part in that journey.
‘Our EV Strategy 2021-2025 sets out our aspiration to expand our electric vehicle charge point network across North Ayrshire.
‘We recognise that it is no longer sustainable to offer free electricity for public EV infrastructure and the tariffs are designed to enable the council to support, maintain and grow the EV infrastructure.’
The council’s EV Strategy 2021-2025 proposes a target of one publicly-accessible charge point for every nine plug-in vehicles by December 2025.
Further information on accessing the charge point network can be found at https://chargeplacescotland.org/helpcentre/