Boost for electric car drivers with investment in national network of plug-in points
Electric car users have been given a boost after Transport Scotland agreed a £750,000 deal to improve a national network of public charging points.
Charge Your Car Limited has been appointed to operate the Charge Place Scotland network of publicly available electric vehicle points. It will also provide 24/7 customer service facilities and a robust fault management system.
The Charge Place Scotland network is funded by Transport Scotland but now day-to-day management of 550 charging points, and almost 1,100 bays, across the country will be the responsibility of Charge Your Car for the next three years.
Calvey Taylor-Haw, Chief Executive Officer of Charge Your Car, said the company intends to build upon Transport Scotland’s success over the last three years in establishing a successful charging network from the Borders to the Shetland Islands.
“We will work together and further invest to extend the reach and quality of the network as we move from emerging technology, through mass mainstream adoption of electric transport,” he said.
The growth of a public charging network is part of a Scottish Government plan to rid Scotland’s towns and cities of petrol and diesel fumes within 35 years.
The ambition is to ensure that by 2020 there is a big uptake of plug-in vehicles so that within 14 years almost half of all fossil-fuelled vehicles will be phased-out of urban environments across Scotland.
“Our aim is to encourage more individuals and businesses to make the switch to electric vehicles,” said Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands.