‘World-class’ charging infrastructure is vital to encourage people to make the switch to electric vehicles in Scotland, a senior minister has said.
On 15 August, Transport Scotland revealed there is now more than 1,000 publicly available electric vehicle charge points across the country.
Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, says the development of Scotland’s infrastructure shows it is prepared for a ‘revolution in e-mobility’.
The ChargePlace Scotland network has been developed by the Scottish Government through grant funding to local authorities and other organisations.
Transport Scotland says reaching the 1,000 mark is a ‘milestone moment’ in the continued development of one of the ‘most comprehensive electric vehicle charging networks in Europe’.
The average distance between any given location to the nearest public charging point is just 2.78 miles in Scotland – compared to 3.77 miles in England.
Michael Matheson said: “World-class charging infrastructure is critical in developing range confidence and encouraging people to make the switch to electric vehicles.
“At the same time, the continued development of our infrastructure sends a global message that Scotland is ready for a revolution in e-mobility.
“The uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles is central to our Energy Strategy, our Climate Change Plan and our goal of making Scotland’s air quality the best in Europe.
“It’s fantastic that Scotland now benefits from over 1,000 charge points – including close to 200 rapid chargers.”