The States of Guernsey is committed to encouraging sustainable transport, we hope that within this page you may find useful information regarding the sustainable transport choices available.
Two 7.2kw electric vehicle charging stations are located along the southern wall of the North Beach car park and two charging stations at Odeon car park and two stations on La Crocq Pier in St Sampson. To compliment the charging units at North Beach, 10 hour priority parking for electric and Hybrid vehicles are positioned alongside the charging stations.
The charging units are accessible 24/7 and are operated by a pay as you go system which means anyone can use them once they have downloaded the free operational app. To download the app customers just need to search EO app on the App Store or Google Play. Operational information is available on site.
Guidelines have been introduced to advise electric vehicle owners of best practice if they are charging their vehicle from their home using cables that cross a public footway. The guidelines are available in the downlaods section of this page.
A pure electric vehicle runs solely on the battery. Typically, this type of vehicle has a range between 80-100 miles on a full battery charge, depending upon the age and type of vehicle, these figures are increasing as technology evolves further. Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicles also have a conventional petrol engine or generator which drives the wheels or in the latter case is used to charge the batteries. These have a longer range than with a battery alone. Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles are also being evaluated by some motor manufacturers. These vehicles use a mix of Hydrogen and oxygen to produce energy which drives an electric motor. Vehicles have a similar range to their fossil fuel powered equivalent models.
Running and maintenance costs for electric vehicles are lower when compared to a conventional motor vehicle as there are less mechanical components requiring servicing. In Guernsey, electric and other types of vehicles that do not produce Co2 emissions do not have to pay the emissions duty applied to a conventional motor vehicle upon first registration.
It is recommended that as part of the process of purchasing a fully electric vehicle, you consider access to charging points at your home. It is further recommended that you get advice from your vehicle manufacturer regarding installing suitable charging points at your home, some manufacturers provide support for the installation. Your own electrical engineer or Guernsey Electricity should be able to advise on the suitability of your own vehicle charging requirements. Using renewable energy or "Off-Peak" charging times will help reduce running costs even more.
There are a number of hotels on Guernsey that now have EV charging stations which are available for guests and non guests. Here is a link to a national site showing many EV charging points across the UK and Channel Islands, while Plugshare also displays many local establishments that have electric vehicle charging stations.
Converting to LPG can be another option, saving money on running costs and being cleaner for the environment compared to petrol/diesel; http://www.fleetnews.co.uk/fleet-management/fuel-management/we-save-around-1-200-per-vehicle-a-year-by-using-lpg LPG can be purchased from Doyle Motors.
For more detailed information about alternative fuel vehicles see the Guernsey Electric Vehicle Initiative site.
For more information on electric cars, vans and motorcycles please contact one of the local vehicle dealers or for information on electric cycles please contact one of the local cycle dealers:
It is recommended that anyone considering purchasing an electric bicycle contacts one of the local cycle retailers to obtain all of the information in relation to e Bikes. The law relating to electric cycles can be found here.