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EV Charging

In 2019, transport was responsible for 42% of carbon emissions within Somerset, significantly higher than the total UK emissions from transport (28%). The main source of emissions within this sector is the use of petrol and diesel fuel in cars, van and lorries. At the same time, it was recognised that Somerset is a very rural county with lots of small dispersed settlements, resulting in people being dependent on cars for travel.


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As part of the Somerset Climate Emergency Strategy, a countywide Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Strategy was produced.

The Somerset Climate Emergency Strategy recognised there is a need for an urgent and radical shift away from conventional petrol and diesel vehicles to electric and low emission vehicles to cut emissions and air pollution from transport. Under this Strategy a team was therefore set up to develop a specific County wide EV Charging Strategy. The Strategy was produced and published in November 2020, and was formally approved by SSDC in May 2021. The Strategy sets out an approach for the Somerset local authorities to help deliver an electric vehicle charging network for Somerset, which will enable its communities and visitors to shift towards EV use.

South Somerset also has its own Environment Strategy which includes ambitious targets to help the district move towards carbon neutrality.  Part of that work is also focused around facilitating a move away from fossil fuelled vehicles. This county EV Charging Strategy aligns well and compliments work already underway within the district. The Environment team have been working with partners to progress this action over couple of years.

Since April 2020 three rapid EV chargers have been installed at SSDC car parks in Wincanton, Ilchester and Ilminster with Swarco E.Connect  79p/kWh with 50kW & 44kW CCS, CHadeMo and 22kW Type 2 connectors.

We are also continuing to work with the Devon Low Carbon Energy and Technology Innovator (DELETTI) EV charging project to deliver a further 20 charging sites for electric vehicles across our district. The tender for the delivery of the DELETTI project has been won by Scottish Power Energy Retail Ltd.


With the installer and operator Scottish Power in place to install a total of 54 charging points across our council car parks, works are underway to install 22kW Type2 Mennekes dual socket Charging Points across the following listed car parks. Charging costs are unfortunately going up due to the increase to energy unit prices, so the cost to charge will now be 65p/kWh and will be  payable using the Scottish Power app (details on the charging station) and via contactless card payments soon.

The list of locations are below, those highlighted green are operational.


SSDC Car park locations are: 

Swarco E.Connect Rapid Charging Stations at:

  • Memorial Hall Car Park, Wincanton BA9 9JJ

  • Limington Road Car Park, Ilchester BA22 8LX

  • West Street Car Park, Ilminster TA19 0DW

22kW Type2 sockets with Scottish Power at:

  • Petters Way, Yeovil  BA20 1UN x4

  • Goldenstones, Yeovil  BA20 1QZ x2

  • SSDC Council Offices Brympton Way, Yeovil BA20 2HT x2 (+2 tbc)

  • Marketfield, Fore Street, Chard TA20 1QD x6

  • Millbrook Gardens , Castle Cary BA7 7EE x2

  • Tolbury Mill, Bruton BA10 0DP x2

  • Prigg Lane, South Petherton TA13 5BX x2

  • Ham Hill Road, Stoke Sub Hamdon TA14 6RL x2

  • Court Ash, Yeovil BA20 1HG x2

  • Fairfield, Yeovil BA20 1TT x2

  • West Street, Crewkerne TA18 8AX x2

  • Goldcroft, Yeovil, BA21 4DH x2

  • Orchard Vale, Ilminster TA19 0DT x2

  • South Street Market, Yeovil BA20 1AS x2

  • Huish, Yeovil BA20 1AQ x2

  • Stars Lane West, Yeovil, BA20 1NR x2

  • Yeovil Recreation Centre BA21 4AW x2

  • Yeovil Innovation Centre, Yeovil BA22 8RN x6

  • Moorlands Car park, Martock TA12 6DH (TBC) x2

  • Westland’s Entertainment Venue, Yeovil, BA20 2DD x4

Any questions while using the Scottish Power Electric Vehicle charging network please use these contacts:

Phone: 0800 0015235 email:


Recommend to always check maps for status and location of local EV Charging Stations 


Open Charge Map

Future phases could expand this network still further in a range of locations based on feedback from our communities and usage data from the initial sites.

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We estimate that once completed, this EV Charger installation programme will prevent more than 300 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere every year.

We are continually exploring switching our fleets to electric, as older vehicles

are stood down, and have already switched our street cleaning vehicle to a

Goupil: EV Street cleaner. 

Find all EV Charging Stations

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