Why is Dundee perfect for Electric Vehicles?

Dundee, Scotland’s only Go Ultra Low City, secured funding to become a model city for the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs).

On this page you can find:

  • A MAP highlighting where EVs can park for FREE, charging points and car club locations
  • Up to date progress and information on our new Rapid charging hubs
  • Information on FREE parking scheme for EVs
  • Information for electric taxis
  • Information on our Go Ultra Low Status
  • Further information on Dundee’s car club: Co-Wheels
  • Testimonials


Rapid Charging Hubs

Dundee is in the process of introducing three rapid charging hubs in priority locations across the city, providing essential access for electric vehicles. Local car franchises will be utilising the newly built hubs to promote their own electric vehicles for sale.


One hub is located on Princes Street near the city centre. It has 6 x rapid chargers and 4 x 22kwh chargers. They are accompanied with solar canopies and battery storage.

Another hub will be found in the Queen Street car park in Broughty Ferry. It will house 6 x rapid chargers and 3 x 22kwh chargers. They too are planned to have solar panels and battery storage. The hub is currently on schedule to open this year.

Aimer Square in Lochee which is host to a hub complete with 4 x rapid chargers and 2 x 22kwh chargers. A further two rapid chargers are to be installed at a later date.


Future plans for the hubs will include: solar panels, battery storage (if not built with chargers), Wi-fi, smart parking sensors, e-bike chargers and gamification.


Free parking for pure Electric Vehicles.

Register your 100% electric vehicle (excludes hybrids) for FREE parking in Dundee Council multi-storey car parks by emailing the vehicle details to: fleet@dundeecity.gov.uk

On street parking: Charging bays free for ALL plug-in electric vehicles to park while charging at Dock St, Trades Ln, Perth Rd and South Tay St.

To ensure other EV’s get a chance to charge we have enforced the following conditions:

30 minute max stay when charging at rapid charger. No return within 4 hours.
3 hour max stay at fast charger. No return within 4 hours.

You will be charged 15p per kWh with a 38p connection fee.

EV’s are free to move to a vacant space if in a car park once charged.

Dundee is perfect for Electric Vehicles

Dundee is small and compact with a maximum drive time of 20 minutes between points in the city. This makes the city especially well-suited to widespread EV use, with the driveable range of current vehicles sufficient for practically all journeys within the city. Dundee is no more than 80 miles from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen meaning 90% of Scotland population live within 90 minutes travel. These journeys are capable for the majority of EVs available today.

Dundee and the three surrounding regions – home to 400,000 – will see a significant increase in charging points.

Electric Taxi Fleet

Almost 18% of taxis that operate in Dundee are electric. We hope to see this figure reach 25% in the coming years. This allows the public to experience a healthy and innovative service and witness a positive change of attitude.

Alongside those housed in the new charging hubs, there plans to install a further 10 rapid chargers across the city with priority access for taxis.

Dundee City Council boasts having the most electric vehicles in any UK local authority.

More about Dundee

Have a licence but no car? No problem.

The average household will spend up to 1/3 of their disposable income on running a car. Avoid this cost and become one of the many who may even sell their own vehicles and opt to hire instead so you only pay for a car when you need it and not when you don’t.

Dundee is host to car cub Co-wheels. Electric vehicles ready to drive around the city 24/7.

Ideal for students, for those who live or for businesses that are based in the city centre where parking is difficult and expensive. Cars are needed less as most amenities are within walkable distance. A car may only be needed for that one off trip to a retail park, appointment or to get shopping.

Sign up to co-wheels here http://www.co-wheels.org.uk/join

Dundee City Council is committed to improving air quality in the area since launching an air quality action plan in 2011. With road traffic being one of the main sources of pollution the focus has been to promote and adopt low emission vehicles within the city and surrounding areas.

OLEV named Dundee Scotland’s only Go Ultra Low City in March 2016.

Go Ultra Low is a joint government and car industry campaign to encourage even more drivers to switch to electric. We are currently supported by Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Renault, Toyota, Volkswagen, the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), and the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

What does this mean for you?

MONEY! With this title, Dundee was awarded funding from the govt. to become a model city for the uptake of ULEV’s. Over the next five years Dundee will be investing to expand the charging infrastructure, support business and community in the adoption to EV’s.


Lorraine Kelly

“I love my new Nissan Leaf… the forward-thinking city council are at the forefront of the whole electric car revolution”

Laundry On-Line

“Our two electric vans have completely transformed our business. Not only have they helped reduced our running costs, but they are much better for the environment and work well with the stop start style of driving that we do on our free pick-up and delivery service. The move over to electric vehicles has been extremely easy due to the excellent facilities for charging in the local Dundee area. We are even considering adding a third electric vehicle to our fleet.”

Elinor, Dundee

“The excellent charging infrastructure in Dundee makes running an electric car very easy. I often plug in to one of the chargers in town, pop to the shops and my Nissan Leaf is fully charged by the time I’m done. I can’t wait to use the charging hubs that are planned across the city. The ability to park for free in the Dundee City Council car parks because my car has zero emissions is an added bonus.”

Gary McRae, Dundee City Council

“Electric vehicles have reduced the city’s cO2 levels by 987 tonnes so far”

Dundee City Council have 87 electric vehicles (and counting) on their fleet, the biggest of any UK local authority.

Euan, Dundee University graduate

“EVs are over 60% cheaper to refuel than modern petrol and diesel cars and have only 1% of the moving components, so they’re really reliable. There are EVs that have clocked up over 174,000 miles in three years and only needed a ball bearing replaced.  Switching to an EV from a 70mpg hybrid and charging it at home has saved me £500 per year on fuel and maintenance alone – double that if I only use Dundee’s free public charge points!”

Dundee Taxis

“Electric taxis always surprise our customers with how quiet they are. The switch from fuel to electricity has saved us thousands – and it’s clean too!”

There are now a total of 72 electric taxis operating in Dundee. The city hopes to see 10% of its taxis become electric by the end of 2017.

Erwin, Alyth

“We are now using an electric car since 2012 and will not go back to a petrol car. The drive is smooth, responsive and quiet. With Dundee getting better and better with chargers on several places, free parking in Council car parks what’s not to like. The car has saved us money compared to the ford Ka we had before, with currently over 90.000 Miles you can’t tell us it’s not used. Looking forward to the new charging hubs in Dundee.”

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