With the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars and vans to be phased out by 2030, growth in electric vehicle (EV) sales is expected to accelerate.
While electric vehicles offer a number of benefits to both owners and the community at large, including lower operating costs and reduced air and noise pollution, vehicle range and uptime charging facilities raise concerns.
Aberdeenshire Council is therefore developing a policy on electric vehicle charging, which is being considered by the Buchan area committee today (Tuesday 11 December).
The council’s policy examines how it will continue to operate, maintain and expand the publicly available network of electric vehicle charging stations in Aberdeenshire at a pace that reflects growing demand.
And with more and more EV owners likely to look for ways to charge their vehicles at home, the policy also indicates how and where it will be allowed.
Under the policy, on-street electric vehicle charging points will only be allowed when accessible to the public, so anyone looking to set up their own private charging point will need their own off-street parking space. street, such as a driveway or garage.
Council policy states: “Aberdeenshire Council does not allow on-street charging of electric vehicles where it would involve cables crossing the pedestrian lane or any other part of the road.
“Likewise, we would not allow the installation of charging devices on public roads when it was for private rather than public use.
“Potential buyers of electric vehicles who do not have access to off-street parking at home or charging facilities at work should base any decision on using publicly accessible charging points in the same way as the gasoline and diesel are currently accessible. “
While around 81% of homes in Aberdeenshire have dedicated off-street parking, in some communities – particularly in fishing villages – the layout of homes on the street means that many residents do not and could not charge an electric vehicle at home. .
Transportation hubs, such as bus or train stations, could offer commuters the option of recharging their vehicles. Likewise, city-center car parks could offer recharging possibilities for commuters but also for visitors.
The policy also states that the provision of electric vehicle charging stations will be encouraged in new private parking lots.
And it says tariffs should be set for customers using the public electric vehicle network to ensure full payment of costs.
After an initial period of free charging in early 2021, Aberdeenshire Council introduced a charge based on a tariff per kWh of electricity supplied to cover the costs of energy, maintenance, administration and management.
There has been rapid growth of electric vehicles in Aberdeenshire in recent years, from a few dozen in 2021 to around 600 in 2019, and just over 1,400 at the end of June last year.
However, the combined number of battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles still only accounted for around 0.75% of the total number of vehicles registered in Aberdeenshire.