Electric vehicles

Electric vehicle

Vehicles in the UK are predominantly petrol or diesel powered, producing 331,000 tonnes of NOx pollutants nationwide (DEFRA, 2016). For this reason we fully support a move from combustion engine vehicles to electric ones, and are doing a number of things to encourage this transformation.

On this page you will find a list of our charging points and a list of the ongoing concessions offered to electric vehicle drivers in Southampton. Keep coming back for further updates on what we have on offer and as our charge point network grows.

Electric charging points

We are working with partners to develop a network of charging points throughout the city to help you charge your electric vehicle quickly and efficiently. The first 30 charge points are now available for use and can be found at the locations below.

To use these charging points you will need to apply for a charge card.

Apply for a charge card

There are six charging points at five city centre multi-story car parks:

City centre season ticket parking reductions

We are currently offering a 90% discount on any city centre season ticket for electric vehicle users.

Itchen Bridge – free toll

Owners of fully electric vehicles living in local council areas can currently cross the Itchen Bridge free of charge with a SmartCities card. Find out more about the electric vehicle concession and how to apply.

Our own fleet of smaller vehicles

By 2020, 20% of Southampton City Council’s fleet of vehicles will be electric. This will be done by exchanging vehicles that need replacing for electric ones. We have purchased the first six, which are now in use.

Thinking of buying a new vehicle?

If you are, let us know. We want to find out the views of current electric vehicle owners and prospective buyers and to get an early indication of where charge points may need to be installed on-street. Email us on cleanairnetwork@southampton.gov.uk

For independent information about electric vehicles you can visit Next Green Car


By switching to a zero emission capable vehicle you can save money on fuel costs, reduce harmful vehicle emissions and help clean up Southampton's air.

There are also financial benefits: