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Sorry if this is old news.
From 1st Jan Midlothian council is now charging 30p/kwh for 43kwh and above and 16p/kwh for 22kwh and under.
Aberdeenshire already introduced charges in December but a more reasonable flat rate of 21p/kwh.
I expect other councils will follow their lead but it remains to be seen whether the reasons for the charges - so they can 'maintain their chargers', holds up.
 

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The Watt is named after James Watt, of steam engine fame, a Scotsman. As SI units named after persons follow a capitalisation convention, energy units used in connection with electricity are abbreviated as kWh.
 

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The Watt is named after James Watt, of steam engine fame, a Scotsman. As SI units named after persons follow a capitalisation convention, energy units used in connection with electricity are abbreviated as kWh.
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I'm all in favour of rapid chargers not being free, as when they are, it just encourages people to hog the charger to get their car up to 100%. I live right on the south coast, and have been up to Scotland on a few occasions in the last 5 years (pre Covid), and every time, we ran into problems with my original choice of rapid being clogged with either a taxi or other vehicle plugged in, with no driver around, slowly charging at + 80%, meaning unnecessary diversions to find Plan B & Plan C chargers.
 

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I'm all in favour of rapid chargers not being free, as when they are, it just encourages people to hog the charger to get their car up to 100%. I live right on the south coast, and have been up to Scotland on a few occasions in the last 5 years (pre Covid), and every time, we ran into problems with my original choice of rapid being clogged with either a taxi or other vehicle plugged in, with no driver around, slowly charging at + 80%, meaning unnecessary diversions to find Plan B & Plan C chargers.
Yes, charging even 21p/kwh allows the option of overstay penalties which are welcome. I expect we'll see the phasing out of free chargers this year.
 

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I'm all in favour of rapid chargers not being free, as when they are, it just encourages people to hog the charger to get their car up to 100%. I live right on the south coast, and have been up to Scotland on a few occasions in the last 5 years (pre Covid), and every time, we ran into problems with my original choice of rapid being clogged with either a taxi or other vehicle plugged in, with no driver around, slowly charging at + 80%, meaning unnecessary diversions to find Plan B & Plan C chargers.
I've only met one person charging over 90% on a rapid, and i suggested to them that they should not leave their car at a rapid for more than the time required to charge to 80% (preferably not unattended) and that charging over 80% when others were waiting is 'bad EV etiquette'. I think this was mentioned in a ChargePlaceScotland leaflet when joining the scheme (?).
Taxis can be a PITA, but it's their livelihood, so some slack is not unreasonable (along with being thankful for for having a less friable job/career).
 
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