EV tariff changes

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IN THE WAKE of unprecedented rises in the cost of fuel, tariffs for charging electric vehicles in Dundee are set to change next month.

From December 1 the two rates which reflect the need to balance availability between fast and rapid chargers, and to accommodate the higher cost of providing rapid chargers, will both increase by 5p. Connection charges will remain unchanged.

The new tariffs will be 25p per kWh for fast chargers (up to 22kW) and 30p per kWh for rapid chargers (up to 43kW AC or 50kW DC).

When charges were introduced in the city in 2019, it was agreed that the residents’ discounted tariff would move to a cost recovery rate when Scottish Government subsidies ended. As of December 1, there will also be a change to this scheme and the tariff will be 20p per kWh for both fast and rapid chargers.

The new resident tariff remains lower than the charge for business users and non-residents on fast and rapid chargers.

To manage turnover in occupation of charging bays, known in the EV community as “ICEing”, a £10 overstay penalty charge will apply if charge time exceeds 70 minutes on a rapid charger, or 190 minutes on a fast charger. The overstay fee will not apply at multi-storey car parks where EV charging capacity associated with longer duration visits can be accommodated.

Despite the increases it still costs less to charge an EV in Dundee than the average Scottish local authority cost.

Dundee is recognised world-wide as a leading city in the introduction and support of electric vehicles and the council fleet runs to almost 190 EVs (the most of any UK local authority).

Charging infrastructure in the city has continued to grow since it was first introduced in 2011 and there are now 313 charging points.

The cost of charging was last revised in February this year.

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