Electric Vehicle Chargepoints in the District

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Current Chargepoints in Daventry District 

1. Lodge Road Car Park, Daventry. There are now two dual chargepoints available at the Lodge Road car park (NN11 4FP), which is a free car park. The chargepoints are available to the public and can be used by any owner of an electric car to recharge their vehicle at no cost. The two chargepoints serve four parking bays.

Information about the charge points  

  • The chargepoints can be operated by the following RFID cards. Plugged in Midlands (formerly Plugged in Places), POLAR/Chargemaster, Plugged in Midlands and BMW.  If you do not own one of these, they are available to borrow from the Council’s main reception during  opening times.    


  • Both chargepoints are a Chargemaster single phase 32 Amp/7KW with type 2 sockets (7-pin sockets). Drivers with a 3-pin plug will require an adaptor lead. The chargepoints are free to use and there will be no charge for electricity or parking. However, parking is limited to a maximum of 4 hours, with a 'no return within 4 hours' restriction in place.      


  • If there is a problem with either chargepoint, please report this to us at the Council offices during opening times or to Chargemaster on telephone 0330 016 5126.


How to use the chargepoints  

  • Hold the RFID card on the top of the required chargepoint for a few seconds.  Wait.  You may be asked to tap the card again in which case do so.  


  • Blue flashing lights will then indicate which side of the chargepoint to plug your vehicle into. Once your vehicle is plugged in and charging, the lights will turn green.  It is possible to charge your vehicle for 4 hours in the designated parking bay.  


Sponsorship of the charging point  

  • The chargepoint has been fully funded with a grant through the Government’s Plugged in Places (PiP) Midlands scheme and sponsorship was received from Great Central Plastics Ltd in Woodford Halse.  Great Central Plastics have also paid for electricity costs for the first three years.  


2. Watford Gap Motorway Service Station. A rapid electric vehicle chargepoint has been installed at the Roadchef Watford Gap Motorway Service Station enabling, on average, an 80% full charge for a typical vehicle in half an hour. More details can be found at the  ZAP MAP website along with other nearby public chargepoints available locally and nationally.


Future Plans

Daventry District Council  initially developed an Electric "Plug-in" Vehicle Infrastructure Plan  in 2016 to outline our aims for delivering additional charging infrastructure across the district.  An update to this strategy was completed in 2018.

The plan was developed following a public survey in which residents were asked for their views on suitable locations for electric vehicle chargepoints. 

2018 Survey

As part of a review of the Infrastructure plan, the Council ran a further survey in May/June 2018. 

The survey demonstrated an increased demand for electric vehicle charging infrastructure and the Council's next step will be to work with interested parish councils to explore opportunities for additional chargepoints across the district.

You can view the results of the survey and an analysis of the responses here


Grants for EVs and charging points

 A range of grants are available to help towards the cost of purchasing a new electric car or van, as well as to help you install an electric vehicle chargepoint at home or at the workplace:


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


1. How much does an electric vehicle cost to run?

 A full charge of an electric vehicle costs around £2-3 and will provide a typical range of 100 miles. In comparison, driving 100 miles in a petrol or diesel car will cost £9-13 in fuel.


2. What type of electric vehicles are available?

Pure EV - These vehicles are solely powered by a battery charged from mains electricity. Pure-electric vehicles provide a typical range of around 100 miles.

PHEV - (Plug-in Hybrid EV) these vehicles operate using a plug-in battery and an internal combustion engine powered by diesel or petrol. Typical PHEVs provide a pure-electric range of around 30 miles. After the electric has been utilised, the vehicle reverts to the benefits of full hybrid capability using both battery power and the engine.

E-REV (Extended Range EV) - These are a version of plug-in hybrids with the vehicle powered by a battery with a diesel or petrol powered generator on board. These vehicles can provide a range of between 150-300 miles.


3. How long will an electric vehicle take to charge?

This depends on the type of chargepoint used and there are currently three types available in the UK. Slow 'trickle' chargers take around 6-8 hours to provide a full charge so are best suited to overnight or workplace charging. Fast chargers typically provide a full charge in around 3-4 hours and Rapid chargers can provide an 80% charge in up to half an hour.


4. What are the main benefits of owning an electric vehicle?

Aside from the cost savings of running the vehicle compared to a conventional car, additional benefits include road tax exemption, London congestion charge exemption, free parking in selected car parks, reducing servicing costs due to fewer components and low company car tax or associated employer national insurance contributions.


5. Where can I find other chargepoints outside of Daventry District?

An online map is available showing the locations of chargepoints both locally and nationally on the  ZAP MAP website