Find a charge point

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

The driver portal shows public charge points on the Mer network.

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

Suggest a new charge point location

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

Electric Vehicle Charging Dashboard

This dashboard provides data about the number of plug-in electric vehicles and use of the council sponsored public chargepoint network in Dorset.

Open the electric vehicle charging dashboard.

We will continue to track and publish this data on a regular basis.

How to use the dashboard

The data is interactive and can be explored by the user. Once opened click on a part of a graph to filter the other data displayed around it.

You can make data selections by moving the date slider or clicking on the down arrow next to the selection boxes or checking the checkboxes. If nothing is selected, all the data will be presented. When you make a selection, this will alter the graphs and tables to show the information for that selection. To remove a selection, select the eraser icon.

If you hover over a data point on any of the graphs, it will display more information for that data point.

To navigate between pages, either use the arrows at the bottom of each page or click the Home Page link to return to the page menu.

You can put the dashboard into full screen mode by clicking on the double headed arrow in the bottom right hand corner.

You can expand each graph or table to the whole screen by hovering over the top right-hand corner and clicking on the square symbol to take you into focus mode. Back to report, returns you to the dashboard.

If you hover over any graph, a right click of your mouse gives the option to view the data as a table. Back to report, returns you to the dashboard.

Request this data in an alternative format

Some of the information presented in this webpage may not be fully accessible to someone using assistive technology such as a screen reader. If you need guidance or an alternative format email with details of any preferred format and the assistive technology you use.

How to charge your vehicle

Mer provide everything you need to know about charging your electric vehicle on the Dorset public charge point network.

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

There is a growing network of community based chargepoints around the country. These are mainly privately owned chargepoints which are rented out by the owner. You can find out more by visiting Co Charger - Neighbourhood EV charger sharing made easy ( or JustCharge (

Report a problem

If you experience a problem with a charge point on the Mer network, please report it immediately to the operator using the contact details displayed on the charge point. 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 Mer app as a guest or with an account. View vehicle charging costs and overstay fees for the Dorset public charge point 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. 

Electric Vehicle Strategy 2021 to 2023

Contact us

You can email us with queries about electric charging points in the Dorset Council area.