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Electric vehicles

Electric vehicles

Electric vehicles are becoming an increasingly affordable and popular choice for drivers. They do not use conventional fuel but instead utilise an electric motor powered by rechargeable battery packs.. Electric vehicles contribute significantly less carbon emissions into the atmosphere than conventionally-fuelled vehicles over their life-cycle even when the electricity comes from fossil fuels. Furthermore, electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions and therefore they will play an important part in improving our local air quality.


Electric Charging Points

There are three main charging speeds:

  • Slow charging – defined as a charge rate less than 7 kW. It takes 6 – 12 hours to fully charge your vehicle
  • Fast charging – defined as a charge rate of between 7kW and 22kW.  It takes 2 – 6 hours to fully charge your car
  • Rapid charging – defined as a charge rate of more than 22kW. Usually takes 20 – 30 minutes to provide a charge of up to 80%

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.


What is the Council doing about it? 

Essex County Council recognises it is essential to have a reliable and extensive public charging infrastructure to keep the plug-in electric vehicles moving. Therefore, over the years the Council has facilitated the installation of a number of chargepoints across Essex.


Fast Chargers

Essex County Council has two park and ride sites in Chelmsford; Sandon Park and Ride (CM2 7RU) and Chelmer Valley Park and Ride (CM3 3PR). Each park and ride site has two dual 7kW eVolt chargepoints operated by Electric Blue. No subscription or connection fee is required, simply download a mobile app or order a RFID card and you can start using them. For more information about how to connect, costs, directions and availability please visit 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


Rapid Chargers

In 2014 Essex County Council secured funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to facilitate the installation of three rapid chargepoints. The rapid chargepoints are on the Charge Your Car network. For information about cost, availability and directions please click on the following links

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

To report a fault please contact Charge Your Car:



Financial Benefits



Zero emission vehicles are exempt from paying Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). More information about the tax benefits can be found here.



Electric vehicles are much more efficient with the fuel they use. The average cost per mile in a pure electric vehicle is between 3p and 6p. The cost per mile in comparable diesel vehicle is around 9p. For more information on fuel savings please visit Go Ultra Low.


Government subsidies


Plug-in Grant

The grant is deducted from the price of the vehicle at the point of sale by the dealership and no paperwork is required from the customer.

  • For electric vehicles the grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £4,500.
  • For electric mopeds the grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £1,500.For electric vans the grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £8,000
  • For electric taxis the grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £7,500 



Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme

If you own or anticipate buying an electric vehicle and have access to off-street parking you can receive up to 75% (capped at £500, inc VAT) off the total capital costs of a chargepoint and associated installation costs.


Workplace Charging Scheme

This scheme is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle chargepoints, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations. The funding is capped at £300 per socket and maximum of 20 sockets per site.


Support for businesses in Essex

If you are small or medium sized business based in Essex, you may be eligible for up to £10,000 worth of funding towards the purchase of an electric vehicle or for the installation of charging infrastructure through the ERDF funded Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) project. For more information about available funding and eligibility, please visit the LoCASE website or email


Useful Links

To find out more about chargepoint locations, costs and availability across the UK please visit Zap-Map

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



For any other enquiries, please email