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A Guide to Electric Parking Bays

A Guide to Electric Parking Bays

  • Electric parking bays are becoming increasingly important with the rise of electric vehicles, but there is currently no standardization for their design and layout.
  • Electric charging stations typically consist of multiple charging points and can vary in size and location, from motorway services to dedicated all-electric forecourts.
  • When planning electric parking bay layouts, it’s essential to prioritize easy access to charge points without requiring vehicles to park on pavements or straddle spaces.
  • Marking out electric bays can be done using signage indicating “Electric Vehicles Only” or symbols depicting an electric car with a charging cable, often highlighted with blue or green lines to distinguish them from regular parking bays.

With electric vehicles set to eventually dominate the roads, and with there being currently no standardisation when it comes to electric parking bays, it’s not always clear exactly what electric parking bays should look like.

This is especially problematic given that we’re starting to need more and more of them.

In this article, the Northern Marking team is going to be providing a short guide to electric parking bays.

electric car parking bay

What is an electric charging station?

Given just how different electric charging stations look from place to place, it’s not always easy to get a clear idea of how to define one but, essentially, we can call any collection of two or more individual charging points a “charging station”.

Charging stations can usually be found tucked away in the corner of a motorway services, or sometimes in a multi-storey car park. 

However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t all-electric forecourts out there.

In Braintree, Essex, you can find a charging station with over 36 different charging points. Expect sites like this to pop up throughout England over the coming years.

Electric parking bay layouts

When it comes to the layout of an electric parking bay, everything has to start with and be built around the charge points.

Charge points should never be placed in such a way that drivers have to park on the pavement or straddle spaces in order to reach them.

You also need to think about how you can serve as many vehicles as possible with as few charge points as you can reasonably install. 

In an ideal world, charged and non-electric vehicles wouldn’t park idle in charging bays, but sometimes they do, so you need to think about how far charging cables should be able to reach and which bays that are further out could still be serviced.

The best place to put a charging point would be in the middlemost bay to allow users of that bay and the two adjacent bays to easily charge their vehicles.

electric car charging

How to mark out electric bays

As we mentioned earlier, there isn’t currently any standardisation when it comes to electric parking bay markings, so how you choose to mark your electric bays is up to you.

One method would be to simply mark those bays with something like “ELECTRIC VEHICLES ONLY”.

This is a solid method because it can’t be misunderstood, assuming the user has a grasp of the language. 

Another method you could go for is to use the symbol of an electric car with a cable and plug protruding from it.

You could even use blue or green lines to further highlight that these bays are entirely different from normal parking bays, and should be avoided by other drivers.

The vehicle symbol works because it is slowly becoming more and more universal and can be understood by those who may not know the language.

Northern Marking is based in Manchester, but provides services to clients in the following areas; Huddersfield, Blackburn, Rochdale, Preston and beyond. Northern Marking is a leading road marking company, providing the following services; line marking, school & playground markings, warehouse markings, electric car parking space marking, line removal, white lining and car park markings.

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