Funding to deliver ‘radical transformation’ in uptake of electric vehicles

12.34 | 1 October 2018 |

Local authorities across Scotland will receive new funding to encourage the uptake of plug-in electric vehicles in the country’s towns and cities.

Announced by Transport Scotland on 27 September, 10 local authorities will receive ‘in-depth support’ from the Scottish Government – as part of plans to deliver 20 ‘electric towns’ before 2025.

The funding will be used to increase the availability of charging infrastructure and to further incentivise the use of electric vehicles.

Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, described the funding as an important step towards the Scottish Government’s plan to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032.

Mr Matheson said: “Working in partnership with local authorities, we will provide support to further develop our already comprehensive charging network.

“By increasing the availability of charging infrastructure and further incentivising the use of electric vehicles, we hope to see continued growth in the number of users discovering the benefits of electric vehicles.”

Projects funded as part of the initiative will be delivered by the Energy Saving Trust.

Matthew Eastwood, head of transport at the Energy Saving Trust, said: “We are delighted to be working with Scotland’s local authorities to support the electrification and decarbonisation of road transport.  

“We have been impressed by the strong positive response we have received to date and look forward to supporting their ambitious and innovative plans through the feasibility studies we will deliver.”




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