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Car driving in the countryside

25% Off for Electric Vehicles

Discounts for Electric Cars & Small Vans

Red Funnel is pleased to offer a 25% discount for fully electric cars and small vans crossing the Solent via Southampton until 31 December 2024. Bookings must be made using the form below.

Please note: If you arrive in a non-electric car you will be asked to pay the remaining fare before boarding.

Electric charging points on the Isle of Wight

There are 5 Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCP) located in IW Council car parks. The locations are:

  • Newport - Chapel Street Car Park.
  • Ryde - Quay Road Car Park.
  • Cowes - Cross Street Car Park.
  • Sandown - St. John's Road Car Park.
  • Freshwater - Moa Place Car Park

The EVCPs in Ryde, Cowes, Sandown and Freshwater are 'fast' chargers which typically take between two and three hours to administer a full vehicle charge. They have an output of approximately 7 kW and are all fitted with Type II sockets.

The EVCP in Newport is a 'rapid' charger. This is the fastest available and can sufficiently charge a vehicle in twenty to thirty minutes. The rapid charger has an output of 43 kW AC or 50 kW DC and the plugs available are:

The EVCPs are operated by SSE. A payment card is required and this can be obtained from

For a limited period the council is allowing free parking in its car parks for vehicles that are using the charging point.

A 'fast' charging point is also installed at Ventnor Botanic Garden's car park, with free parking also available to motorists who visit the gardens while their vehicles are charging.