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Electric car charging fees to be introduced in the city center after the Council Bill exceeds GBP 215,000

Charges for using the charging stations for electric vehicles in Glasgow will be agreed on Thursday.

The city councils are asked to support plans to introduce charges in the public network.

Rates of 16 p per kilowatt hour (kWh) for slow (7 kW) and fast (22 kW) chargers and 20 p per kWh for fast (50 kW) units are proposed.

The total bill to operate the city’s 218 public charging stations – including staff costs and annual maintenance – has been over £ 215,000 over the past 12 months.

Nearly 3,900 drivers have consumed a total of 657,000 kWh, according to the council, with electricity costs totaling over £ 93,000.

The new fees will be introduced from May 1st this year.

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An overnight stay fee of £ 1 per minute charged if a driver returns to their car more than 15 minutes late is also suggested.

A council report states that transport accounts for around 25% of the city’s CO2 emissions. Glasgow aims to become a climate neutral city by 2030.

“Currently the council is subsidizing the operation of the charging system,” added the report.

“As demand increases, this becomes an ever greater financial burden.

“The introduction of a tariff will reduce this burden in the short term, with the medium-term goal of making the network financially self-sufficient.”

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Several Scottish councils have already brought charges. Some have permanent fees, but these are not suggested in Glasgow.

In Edinburgh, base rates range from 30p to £ 2, and there is a charge of 20p per kWh.

The councils are not allowed to benefit from the fees, as the revenues are “limited to the amount that the provision of the services costs”.

“Any potential income must be reinvested in the network,” adds the council report.

It is assumed that the proposed tariff model will be self-sustaining in the third year.

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The council reports that charging at home costs 15p per kWh and believes that the tariff “should avoid penalizing users without driveway”.

Stays of one hour are permitted with fast chargers, two-hour stays with fast or slow chargers on the street or in the parking lots of leisure centers.

There are no overnight charges for fast and slow chargers in the City Parking car parks, but after eight hours the tariff increases to 20 pence per kWh.

The council aims to make its own fleet emission-free by the end of 2029.

According to the report, electric vehicles are “not the only solution” to improving air quality and reducing emissions, but rather a “key element” in reducing transport-related emissions.

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