Electric Vehicle Guides

ChargePlace Scotland

ChargePlace Scotland is a national network of EV charge points, operated by SWARCO on behalf of the Scottish Government.

ChargePlace Scotland network costs

ChargePlace Scotland logo

Membership cost: £10 one-off fee for RFID card

Total first kWh + connection fee if applicable: 20p - £3.00 per KWh depending on charger type and location.

Cost per charge: Free - £1.50 per kWh depending on charger type and location.

Overstay charge: between £5.00 - £50.00 depending on location.

To discover how much it will cost to charge an EV from a ChargePlace Scotland charge point, head to Zapmap’s Public Charging Calculator. This allows you to select any new or used plug-in vehicle, and tailor elements – such as electricity cost and charge required – for personalised results.


How to use the ChargePlace Scotland network

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. 

  1. To start charging hold your ChargePlace Scotland RFID card on the card reader
    or if you are using the mobile app, use the charge point ID to locate the unit and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Select the charging socket on the unit and plug your charging cable into the unit.
  3. Charging should start automatically and your vehicle will show charging status.
  4. To stop charging and end the session – using the means of activation -place your ChargePlace Scotland RFID card on the card reader or if you are using the mobile app follow the on-screen instructions.


Where are ChargePlace Scotland charge points located?

All ChargePlace Scotland points can be found on Zapmap 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.

Select 'Filters' -> 'Networks' -> 'ChargePlace Scotland' to view only ChargePlace Scotland charge points.



Contact Details

Customer services: 0141 648 0750

Email: admin@chargeplacescotland.org

Further contact information including a contact form can be found on the ChargePlace Scotland website


ChargePlace Scotland charge point


How does ChargePlace Scotland compare to other networks in terms of pricing?

Zapmap monitors the prices of charging on the public network and reports on the prices charged by the top 10* rapid charging networks. The prices are updated on a monthly basis here: Rapid Charging: Top 10 Network Pricing

The price to charge an electric vehicle (EV) on the public charging network can vary substantively, and prices are increasing due to current issues in the energy market.
Updated on a monthly basis, the Zapmap Price Index shows the difference in prices paid depending on the type of charger and will also track how this is changing over time.


About ChargePlace Scotland

Funded and developed by the Scottish Government through grant funding for local authorities and other organisations, the network is operated by SWARCO (having previously been operated by Charge Your Car). Charging costs vary across the network and are set by the local authorities or businesses that own the charge points

Its network has grown from 55 public charge points in 2013 to over 2,600 in 2023.