Do you have any electric cars that I can try out?
Co-wheels car club in Aberdeen have 17 electric vehicles on their fleet, including cars and vans. Members of Co-wheels can hire cars from time periods of 30 minutes to 10 days. To find out more about Co-wheels and how you can join them, go to Co-wheels.
Given the time benefits, why haven't you installed rapid chargers at all locations?
Unfortunately this is not practical due to the cost of the units and the lack of availability of an adequate power supply in some locations. We have deliberately tried to match the speed of the charger to the type of location with Rapid Chargers located in high turnover locations or beside strategic routes and Standard Chargers in longer stay car parks where people are likely to be leaving a car for longer periods.
Can all electric vehicles use these charging points?
Most mainstream production electric cars should be able to use these charge points without risk to their internal components. However, there are some exceptions. It is worth checking with your vehicle manufacturer to be sure.
Can electric vans use them?
Some electric vans can. However, there are some exceptions. Please check with your vehicle manufacturer.
Do I need a special cable to connect to the units?
All the AC units use a Mennekes Mode 3 Type 2 connector which is a 7 pin socket. If you have the standard 3 pin socket, compatible with many home charging systems then you will not be able to use the charging points. However, most manufacturers offer a 7-pin cable as an option. Check with them for details. The Rapid Charge unit has its own cables. However, the AC and DC sides both have different connections and plug into different parts of the vehicle so check your handbook for details.
Can I connect a mobility scooter up to these points?
No. The batteries in such vehicles are unable to cope with the size of the power supply and the rate of delivery from these units.
Can you give me more details of the make and model of the charging points?
The charge points at Golden Square, Dunmail Avenue and Aberdeen Snowsports Centre are Siemens Chargers. The others are from APT Technologies under their EVOLT brand.
Are these the only publicly available electric charge points in Aberdeen?
No, some other organisations have charge points available and more and more places are installing them. For an up to date list click on the following link: National Charge Point Registry
Other sources also give information, such as Zap Map
Can I speak to a current owner to get a real-life perspective on owning an electric vehicle?
Yes you can. The Energy Saving Trust Scotland have an online Electric vehicle users tool where anyone keen to find out more about a specific vehicle's range, driving style, charging time etc. can find an owner of that vehicle and ask them the questions they are keen to get answered.
Home and workplace charging points installation information
Want to charge at home? You could get a grant towards the cost of a home charging point.
The Energy Saving Trust are offering funding to supply and install domestic electric vehicle charging points across Scotland. The units have a smart meter facility, whereby all power consumption and charging activity can be viewed online. Click on the following link for details of what is covered, how to apply and receive funding: Domestic charging point grants
Want to charge at work or are you a workplace looking to put in charging infrastructure? You could get a grant towards the cost of this.
The Energy Saving Trust are offering funding for workplace charge points. More details are available here: Electric vehicle charge point funding
Interest-free loans for electric vehicle purchase
Electric vehicle purchasing could be cheaper than you think thanks to an interest-free loan from the Energy Saving Trust, offered over a range of lengths up to 6 years! To find out more go to: Electric vehicle loans