FEES for using electric vehicle charging points in Glasgow are set to be agreed on Thursday.

Councillors will be asked to back plans to introduce charges on the public network.

Rates of 16p per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for slow (7kW) and fast (22kW) chargers and 20p per kWh for rapid (50kW) units are proposed.

The total bill for running the city’s 218 public charge points – including staff costs and annual maintenance – hit more than £215,000 over the past 12 months.

Almost 3900 drivers have consumed a total of 657,000 kWh, the council reports, with electricity costs totalling over £93,000.

The new charges would be introduced from May 1 this year.

An overstay fee of £1 per minute, charged once a driver is over 15 minutes late returning to their car, is also proposed.

A council report states transport accounts for around 25% of the city’s CO2 emissions. Glasgow is targeting becoming a carbon neutral city by 2030.

“At present, the council subsidises the operation of the charging network,” the report adds.

“As demand grows, this becomes an ever-increasing financial burden.

“The introduction of a tariff will mitigate this burden in the short-term, with the medium-term goal of making the network self-sustaining financially.”

Several councils in Scotland have already introduced charges. Some have standing charges, but these are not proposed in Glasgow.

In Edinburgh, standing charges range from 30p to £2 and there is a 20p per kWh fee.

Councils are not allowed to profit from the charges, with income “restricted to the amount it costs to provide the services”.

“Any potential revenue will need to be reinvested in the network,” the council report adds.

It is believed the proposed tariff model will be self-sustaining in year three.

The council reports charging at home costs 15p per kWh and believes the tariff “should avoid penalising users without a driveway”.

One-hour stays would be allowed at rapid chargers, with two-hours stays at fast or slow chargers on the streets or in leisure centre car parks.

There would be no overstay fees for fast and slow chargers in City Parking car parks, but the rate will increase to 20p per kWh after eight hours.

The council is aiming to make its own fleet emission-free by the end of 2029.

The report states that electric vehicles are “not the sole solution” to improving air quality and reducing emissions but are a “key element” to reducing transport-related emissions.