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26 August 2022 at 10:47 #10115Grange PlanningKeymaster
[From original post: 27 October 2021]
The City of Edinburgh Council has been awarded £2.2m of funding from Transport Scotland through the Switched on Towns and Cities Fund for installing electric vehicle (EV) on street charging points across the city. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the funding has been extended to April 2022.
A total of 66 on-street charging points will be put in across the city as part of the first phase of implementation.
A full list of the locations is available from the Council’s EV charge point web pages. These are set to be installed across Edinburgh over Phase 1 of the project. It is expected to be completed by 31 March 2022.
The only street close to the Grange that is included in Phase 1 is Thirlestane Road. The proposal for Thirlestane Road is for four charging points, each with two AC sockets capable of providing up to 22kW. Eight parking bays will therefore be provided with end-on parking as is currently the case there.
Note that these on-street charging points are AC supply points, similar to home EV charging points. They are not vehicle chargers. Chargers take AC and convert it to DC to charge a car’s battery. EV owners can either use the on-board charger (OBC) in their own car, supplying it with AC from a charging point such as a home point or these points being installed on street in Edinburgh, or they can use a high power DC rapid charger, such as at the Park & Ride sites, which can provide up to 100kW. If using their OBC, the rate of charge will be the lower of the capacity of the OBC or of the charging point. OBCs are typically limited to about 7kW and so will take a few hours to charge an EV’s battery from empty to full.
Parking spaces allocated for EV charging points can only be occupied by EVs which are receiving a charge. Once the charge is complete the vehicle must be moved away to allow other EV users access to the charging point. These parking spaces therefore cannot be used for habitual parking by residents, even if they own an EV.
Please add your comments below with suggestions about whether and where you consider EV charging points should be installed in the Grange.26 August 2022 at 10:54 #10118Grange PlanningKeymaster
[From original post: 1 February 2022]
The Council’s Parking Development team has advised us that the eight new EV charging points are to be installed in Thirlestane Road with work starting this week (31 January 2022). The charge points will be at the junction with Whitehouse Loan, as shown in this diagram. The charging points will be installed as four dual-socket 22kW AC outlets, serving eight bays. As noted in the post above, the rate of charging for any EV will be limited by the capacity of the car’s on-board charger. We would expect the new charging points to be part of the ChargePlace Scotland (CPS) network, usable with a CPS RFID card or through the CPS app.
The Council’s email continues:
“The works will be carried out Monday to Friday between the hours of 08:00 and 17:00 and the Contractor for the works is WGM Engineering working on behalf of BP Pulse. Thirlestane Road will remain open during these times. However, to allow for the safe execution of the works, a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) will be in place to allow on-street parking to be suspended where necessary. There will be on-street notices and yellow no waiting cones to detail any restrictions in place.
The work will be carried out in two phases:
Phase 1: Civil Works
Description: Excavation works to install the bases and track for ducting and cabling for the Electrical Vehicle Charging Points.
Start Date: 31 January 2022
Duration: 10 days
Phase 2: Electrical Works
Description: Installation of cabling and charging points, and connection to electricity grid.
Start Date: TBC*
Duration: 10 days
* The electrical work is dependent on availability from Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN). Further correspondence will be issued once a date has been agreed with SPEN.
Throughout the works, access will be maintained at all times for residential properties, pedestrians and emergency services. Arrangements will also be made with the Council’s Waste and Cleansing team to allow refuse collections as normal. Please be assured that we will make every effort to minimise disruption and noise throughout the works.”24 February 2023 at 14:56 #12550Grange PlanningKeymaster
These charging points are now being well used. Today (24/2/2023) six of the eight stalls are in use. Tariff is 30p/kWh.
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