Electric cars

Electric cars are becoming an affordable and popular choice for drivers. They do not use conventional fuels and instead utilise an electric motor powered by rechargeable battery packs. Electric cars contribute significantly less carbon emissions into the atmosphere than conventionally-fuelled vehicles over their life-cycle and have zero tailpipe emissions.

Charging an Electric Vehicle

To find out more about charging your electric car and the locations of charging points, visit the following sites to view them on an interactive map:

Next Green Car

National Charge Point Registry

Electric Charging Points

The different types of electric vehicle chargers installed through OLEV funding and the Charge Ahead project include:

Rapid Chargers - Capable of charging in around 20 to 30 minutes

Dual Chargers – each post has two charging outlets:

  • Fast Charger (7kW AC) - Capable of recharging a car fully in around 4 hours and
  • Slow Charger (3kW AC) - Capable of recharging an average car fully in around 8 hours

Charging times vary from vehicle to vehicle and may be longer than those quoted as not all vehicles are able to accept charge at the maximum rate that the post can deliver. Please consult your vehicle handbook for details.

Electric Vehicle Charging Points can be found at the following locations:

Rapid Chargers:

Lord Butler Leisure Centre, Saffron Walden, CB11 3EG

George Yard Shopping Centre, Braintree, CM7 1RB

Colchester United's Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, CO4 5UP

Fast and Slow Chargers:

Essex County Council has two park and ride sites; Sandon Park and Ride (CM2 7RU) and the Chelmer Valley Park and Ride (CM3 3PR) which both have electric car charging points. Currently they are on POLAR network.

The map below shows the locations of these sites so you can easily find them if you want to charge your car:


Park and Ride sites in Chelmsford map


How to connect to the chargers

You need to use your POLAR Plus RFID card or POLAR Instant App to start charging.

There is £1.20 connection fee.

Important: Works are currently being undertaken to upgrade the charge points and transfer them onto a different network. Updates will be announced on this page soon. 

Charging Etiquette

We have produced some guidance on charging etiquette (see the documents box below) and would respectfully request that all EV drivers consider this when using the chargers.

Useful Links:

For information about the environmental benefits of electric vehicles, see Next Green Car

For more information about electric vehicles and how you can switch to low-carbon motoring, see Go Ultra Low.

Chargepoint faults

To report any problems with the charge points at Sandon or Chelmer Valley Park & Ride please email environment@essex.gov.uk giving the location and fault description.

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