A government grant has helped to fund a new electric vehicle (EV) car club in Glasgow.
The £1.15m grant which was approved by the council earlier this year has funded a range of projects, including Co-wheels Car Club Glasgow which currently has over 2,000 members.
The pay-as-you-go car hire scheme offers a range of vehicle types, available to book for as little as one hour. The vehicles are located in reserved on-street parking bays across the city and are available to hire on a 24/7 basis.
This funding has enabled the council to replace eight co-wheels cars with zero-emission alternatives, this means that all car club locations within Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) are fully electric.
The grant has also been used to fund the installation of dual-sided EV charging equipment.
Cllr Anna Richardson, convener for sustainability and carbon reduction said: ‘This Scottish Government funding which has been used across a variety of projects, will help us to further promote and support sustainable transport uptake across our city, as well as reducing congestion.
‘Increased numbers of zero-emission vehicles available to hire, combined with the installation of extra publically accessible EV charging points, will make a vital contribution towards our commitment to prioritising sustainable transport in Glasgow.’
Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson added: ‘I’m pleased we can offer this additional funding to Glasgow City Council to support cleaner transport options in the city.
‘Low Emission Zones protect public health by improving air quality. By funding the replacement of conventional car-sharing vehicles with zero-emission electric vehicles, we will directly support the objective of Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone and help respond to the climate emergency.’
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