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Electric vehicle chargepoints in Dorset

Damage to rapid chargepoint at East Street car park, Bridport

The East Street car park charegpoint has been damaged beyond repair due to vandalism. We are awaiting an order of a new unit to replace it, supplied by Joju. We anticipate it be available for use in May.

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Find a chargepoint

We are expanding the network of public chargepoints across Dorset, working with Joju Charging and Grønn Kontakt to meet growing demand for charging facilities. Providing more chargepoints for electric vehicles is an exciting step towards our commitment to becoming carbon-neutral.  

The driver portal shows public chargepoints on the Grønn Kontakt network. 

Zap Map shows the locations of all public charging points in Dorset. 

We are now progressing with the next phase of electric vehicle chargepoints. Further phases will include more chargepoints in council owned public car parks, and other public locations such as country parks, leisure facilities and tourist destinations. 

Suggest a new chargepoint location

Complete the online form to submit an expression of interest for an electric vehicle chargepoint near your home.

How to charge your vehicle

Grønn Kontakt provide everything you need to know about charging your electric vehicle on the Dorset public chargepoint network. See their Frequently Asked Questions about electric car charging

The dual socket (22 kW) fast chargers will charge most cars and vans in around 2 to 4 hours. Fast chargers are suited to destination locations where people are often parked for over an hour. 

Rapid chargers (50 kW and above) are suited in destinations where electric vehicles are parked for a quick break of less than an hour, and for use by fleet, commercial and taxi operators.

The Energy Savings Trust provides practical vehicle charging advice. We recommend downloading the Charging Best Practice Guide

Report a problem

If you experience a problem with a chargepoint on the Grønn Kontakt network, please report it immediately to the operator using the contact details displayed on the chargepoint. Check Zap Map to find an alternative charge point nearby.

Vehicle charging costs

It is cheaper to charge an electric vehicle compared to refuelling a petrol or diesel vehicle. 

You can make payment per kW via the Grønn Kontakt app as a guest or with an account. View vehicle charging costs and overstay fees for the Dorset public chargepoint network. An overstay fee is applied after a grace period when a vehicle is connected and not charging. 

Car parking charges may apply when charging at Electric Vehicle (EV) bays in Dorset Council car parks. Please refer to car park signage for charges.

Parking fines will be issued to non-electric vehicles parked in an EV charging bay. 

Visit the Zap Map website to calculate how much it would cost to charge your electric vehicle.

On-street charging

​We haven't installed any on street charging points yet. We are considering how best to balance the needs of residents, businesses, and visitors, while maintaining a safe and accessible network of footways. 

The current law does not give residents an unrestricted right to charge vehicles which are parked on the street outside a property. We advise that you do not charge an electric vehicle by running a cable across the public highway, including the use of a cable protector or cable ramp. Cables across the path, or hanging overhead are a hazard, and it is an offence under The Highways Act 1980 to place wires or other apparatus across a path that are likely to pose a danger to the public. If someone were to trip up and injure themselves, then you could be prosecuted and there may also be liability under civil law. 

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Get in touch

You can email us with queries about electric charging points in the Dorset Council area at ElectricVehicles@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.

If you live in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole you will need to contact BCP Council.

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