In 2018, East Lothian Council had only four functioning changepoints. As a result, it was believed that people would not purchase electric vehicles (EV) until the infrastructure was there to support them. “Range-anxiety” (the perception that a driver might run out of fuel far from home) was a common fear among drivers who might be looking to switch. For households without private driveways, there was even less incentive to drive EV. A recent study identified that there were nearly 15,000 such households in East Lothian.
Additionally, longer electric vehicles or those with trailers couldn’t charge at any of the public chargepoints. Further, the local Car Club had been forced to switch from an EV to a conventional vehicle because of difficulties with charging.