ChargePlace Scotland is a national network of EV charge points, operated by Charge Your Car on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The network requires users to first sign up with an account, before they can then access ChargePlace Scotland charge points via either RFID card or smartphone app. All charge points are free to access though once the account has been set up, including rapid chargers and those units on key tourist routes.
ChargePlace Scotland network costs
Membership cost: £20 per annum for RFID card Free app download
Cost per charge: Free – including Rapids
How to use the ChargePlace Scotland network
Access to the ChargePlace Scotland network is made via either an RFID card or a smartphone app.
Finding ChargePlace Scotland points on Zap-Map
All ChargePlace Scotland points can be found on Zap-Map by using the network filter. This can be used on the desktop and mobile apps, and displays only those points available to use by ChargePlace Scotland customers.
Charging types and speeds can be filtered too, showing only those points that are compatible with users’ cars.
Accessing points on other networks
ChargePlace Scotland members can use back office provider Charge Your Car‘s points in the rest of the UK, but will be subject to the same charges as CYC customers. This means a ChargePlace Scotland user will be charged a £1 connection fee to charge from most CYC points, with other tariffs such as those for rapids also in place. Conversely, CYC customers can use their RFID card or app to access ChargePlace Scotland points for free. The payment requirements rely on the charge point location, not the user’s home.
Greater Manchester’s GMEV regional network is run through Charge Your Car, with around 90 devices available for users. Access is via RFID card or app, and membership allows drivers to use other CYC devices in other parts of the country.
Operated by Charge Your Car, Source West covers areas including Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire, and North East Somerset. Standard CYC access of RFID card or app applies, with members able to use other Charge Your Car points elsewhere too.
Covering South Dorset, the ChargerNet network makes rapid charge points available to EV drivers, with a flat tariff of £4 per hour charged. Access is via Charge Your Car RFID card or smartphone app.
Backed by Merseytravel, Charge Your Car operates the Recharge network for EV drivers in Liverpool, Cheshire, and Chester. Units are free to use and can be accessed via Charge Your Car RFID card or smartphone app.
Based in the South East of England, the Energise network has been set up by local authorities in Kent, Sussex, and Surrey, and is operated by Charge Your Car. Members can access other CYC points across the UK too, using the RFID card or app.
Polar network owner Chargemaster operates the Plugged-In Midlands regional network, with more than 100 devices spread across the midlands counties. With ChargePlace Scotland back-office provider CYC also being owned by Chargemaster, members can access the Scottish network’s points too.
About ChargePlace Scotland
There are around 750 ChargePlace Scotland charge points on Zap-Map, with almost 1,450 connectors available for network customers. Members also have access to the wider Charge Your Car network, with around 900 charge points and 1,300 connectors available.
The network is one of the most important in Scotland and an active advocate for EV use in the country. Founded and developed by the Scottish Government through grant funding for local authorities and other organisations, the network is operated by Charge Your Car.