This is very interesting – the UK is densely populated, but Scotland isn’t – outside of the cities there is a rural population spread out over a large area – a lot of space and a challenge for a charge network. From the look of it; it will be city focused initially, because £14m isn’t that much.
“Rapid-charge points will also be installed at least every 50 miles on the main road network to allow for longer electric vehicle journeys” – brave.
It makes a lot of sense in principle though, as the WWF point out: they have a lot of renewable power, so grid charged EVs are going to very “green” indeed. They also have oil wealth to pay for it, if they can keep it from going south.
I wonder how devolution will affect this?
PLANS to boost the number of electric vehicles on the roads have been published by the Scottish Government.
The stated aim of the “roadmap” is to rid towns and cities of emissions from petrol and diesel vehicles by 2050.
Almost all new-car sales will be near zero emission at the tailpipe from 2040, and half of all fossil-fuel vehicles will be phased out in urban areas by 2030, the document says.
Around £14million will be spent over the next two years to encourage motorists and businesses to switch to electric vehicles and contribute to Scotland’s climate change targets being reached.
Charge points will be installed at Scottish Government buildings, and petrol and diesel vehicles in its fleet will be replaced with electric alternatives.
Funding will be offered to businesses and employers to encourage them to install recharging points at workplaces, the document says.
Grants to help people buy electric cars and vans are already available, as are free installations of home charging kits. And drivers of electric vehicles travelling to the islands of Mull and Bute can now get discounted ferry fares as part of a pilot.
Rapid-charge points will also be installed at least every 50 miles on the main road network to allow for longer electric vehicle journeys, according to the document.
Owners of electric cars pay no road tax and pay just 2p or 3p a mile in power compared with 16p a mile for the average fossil-fuel family car, according to the Government.
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