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Published on 22 June 2022

New EV charging points in Dawlish

Group of people beside a new EV charging point
Pictured from left to right are Cllr Jackie Hook; Cllr Martin Wrigley; Cllr Linda Goodman-Bradbury; Cllr John Petherick; Tonya Short (car parks manager); Cllr Linda Petherick; Cllr Gary Taylor.

Drivers of electric vehicles can now charge their cars at Barton Hill car park in Dawlish, the first in a major Devon wide expansion of charging points across the county. 


Some 80 Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points will be established in the coming months in 38 public car parks across Devon with the expansion programme including Newfoundland Way and Forde House in Newton Abbot and Eastcliff in Teignmouth. 


Three spaces have been used to create the new, fully accessible EV charging bays at Barton Hill car park which enable two vehicles to be charged at the same time and are for the sole use of electric vehicle charging,  


The expansion programme is being delivered through a partnership of Devon County Council, Teignbridge District Council, North Devon Council, East Devon District Council, West Devon Borough Council, South Hams District Council and Scottish Power on behalf of Devon Climate Emergency (DCE). It is part of the £1.3 million DELETTI programme, which is largely funded by the European Regional Development Fund. 


Powered by renewable energy through a green tariff, the charge points are compatible with all makes of EVs and will fully charge a 50-kWh battery in 2-4 hours, providing a range of up to 200 miles depending on vehicle specification. 


The rate of charge is dictated by the vehicle's inverter however these chargers can deliver in one hour enough electricity for up to 88 miles of travel. This means the points are ideal for both shorter stops, such as shopping trips and regular charging by residents or visitors. 


In addition to paying the normal parking charges, the cost to fully charge a 50-kWh battery at Barton Hill is approximately  £17.50. 


Drivers will be able to pay the charging cost via Scottish Power’s app, which is free to download, or through a scannable QR code displayed on the charge point. Scottish Power do not have a minimum charge nor charge a subscription fee.   


The expansion programme is an essential part of Devon’s Carbon Plan, the county’s roadmap to net-zero, which is being published by the DCE this summer and calls for the ‘decarbonisation’ of on-road transportation which causes almost 30 per cent of Devon’s carbon emissions. 


Teignbridge Executive Member for Climate Change, Cllr Jackie Hook said: “The availability of rapid charging points is a key factor in people deciding to switch to electric vehicles, so the implementation of this programme is an important step forward in securing our carbon reduction goals. 


“I hope we will be able to have the Newton Abbot and Teignmouth car park charging points available in the near future boosting the number in our car parks across the district by eight.” 

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport said: “When seeking to reduce Devon’s carbon emissions it is essential that we provide the tools which will enable our residents to access certain lifestyle changes. On-road transportation makes up a large percentage of Devon’s carbon emissions, meaning taking petrol and diesel cars off the roads could make a significant impact towards our goal of net zero by 2050. Providing reliable electric vehicle charging points helps us to facilitate our community’s involvement in reducing their personal carbon footprints, from which everyone will benefit.”

ScottishPower’s Smart Solutions Director, Chris Carberry said: “ScottishPower is excited to be working with Devon and all the project partners involved in the Deletti programme.  This is one of many such projects that demonstrates our commitment to speeding up the transition to cleaner electric transport, improving air quality and over time, driving down cost, all to deliver a better future, quicker for everyone.”