Accessing the network

The ChargePlace Scotland network provides a simple and convenient way for EV drivers to travel across Scotland with access to a range of charging facilities. Drivers can access charge points by using a ChargePlace Scotland RFID access card, via the ChargePlace Scotland smartphone app or via the webpay link –

Network Access

ChargePlace Scotland is Scotland’s national Electric Vehicle (EV) charging network. Owned and developed by the Scottish Government, it has been developed through public grant funding of Local Authorities and other organisations to install charge points across Scotland from Shetland to the Scottish borders. The network has grown from 55 public charge points in 2013 to over 2,700 in 2023.

The terms and conditions can be seen here

Once you are happy with the T&Cs login to your account as usual. If you get an error message of “access denied” delete your cookies and try again. You should then have access to your account information.

The network can be accessed using our RFID card or our App. The RFID card is recommended for frequent users due to lack of mobile network in remote areas

To initiate the charging of your electric vehicle and gain access to the network, simply sign up for a ChargePlace Scotland account and request an access card by marking the appropriate checkbox. A one-time fee of £12 for the card will be added in your account.

Upon receiving your access card, you can utilise it to charge your electric vehicle at any designated charging point indicated on our live map. Alongside the RFID card, our network offers a mobile app that can be installed to manage and control charging sessions.

We strongly advise obtaining an RFID card, especially in areas with limited phone signal due to the remote locations of some charging points, which may affect the usability of the app.

Our live map can be used to locate and navigate to charge points on the ChargePlace Scotland network, and provides details about the location, type, status and availability of each unit.

To access charge points on the ChargePlace Scotland network, you can either download our free ChargePlace Scotland app (iOS and Android) or order an access card, at a one off fee of £12 per card. You can then use your access card to charge your EV at a high majority of the charge points on our network.

While we make every endeavour to represent tariffs as accurately as possible, the host/owner has the responsibility to ensure tariff information is readily available through local signage and online.

We always recommend checking our live map, local signage and the charge point owners website before commencing with a charging session.

Parking fees will vary as each charge point host is responsible for setting and enforcing these. We recommend checking local signage and our live map for details of parking fees before starting any charging sessions.

Some units on the ChargePlace Scotland network have been privately funded by the charge point host, therefore the host may choose to restrict public access. We recommend checking if a charge point is displayed on our live map before attempting to start a charging session.

Your ChargePlace Scotland access card will work with all charging units if the charge point is displayed on our live map. To start a charging session on a charger, either present your RFID card to the units card reader or enter the charger details into the app to wake up the charging unit. Or you can alternatively start a charge via 

Charge Your Car network members can NO LONGER use their access card to start a charge on the ChargePlace Scotland network. Please register for a new ChargePlace Scotland account.

If you reside outside of the UK and wish to access the network, it is necessary to create an account and associate a valid bank account for invoicing and payments. If you are a visitor to the country and need an RFID card, our team can dispatch it to a UK address for you to collect (with approval from the resident where you are staying during your visit).

For guidance on creating an account from outside the UK and obtaining an RFID card, please consult the provided article:

Account Set-Up (Outside UK) – Charge Place Scotland

Currently, your CPS account will allow you access to the public charging network in Scotland only.

Watch this space – we are working towards interoperability with other charging networks throughout the UK.

Access Cards

Once your ChargePlace Scotland access card has been requested, it should arrive within 10-14 business days of being ordered.

If you have lost your ChargePlace Scotland access card, please call our Service Centre team on 0141 648 0750 to request a replacement

Yes, you can order more than one ChargePlace Scotland access card. A one off fee of £12 per card will apply for each access card you purchase, added to your account. Alternatively, you can download the free app.

No, you may not share your ChargePlace Scotland access card with another person. If you share your access card, our team may be unable to support you as we use the personal details registered to your account to verify your identity.

No, you do not need to activate your ChargePlace Scotland access card on arrival. Your card will be ready to use immediately as no activation is required.

If your ChargePlace Scotland access card appears to be faulty, please test it on different charge points to confirm the issue is not just with one unit. Once you have done this, please notify us of the issue you are experiencing and how you have tested your card by completing the contact form on our website or calling our Service Centre on 0141 648 0750

Do you have a question about accessing the network that hasn’t been answered on this page?
Please use our contact form to let us know.

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