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Scotland outlines ‘new vision’ for electric vehicle charging

New policy outlined by Holyrood promises  ‘just transition’ leaving nobody behind, with emphasis on private sector funding.

To construct a net-zero transport system in the UK’s most northerly nation a significant expansion of the existing charging network is required, according to a draft vision statement published yesterday, Wednesday 26th January. 

The report makes it clear cars and vans will play a part in future travel, even with major investment in active and sustainable alternatives. To ensure these vehicles do not negate the impact of other schemes aimed at reducing emissions, a £60million fund will be made available to local authorities to cover costs of installing new charge points, with around half the money coming from private sector investment. It is hoped this could see the current network of around 2,100 chargers double in size. 

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Acknowledging concerns over charging infrastructure impeding pedestrian access to the pavement, specialist agency V&A Dundee will work towards an updated design, with the promise of ‘a public network that works for all’. The fundamental aim being to supplement other policies, which include a 20% reduction in car kilometres by 2030, resulting in a significant improvement to national emissions. 

‘I’m pleased to outline a new vision for the public electric vehicle charging network. Even though we prioritise funding in active travel and sustainable public transport, cars and vans will still have a role to play and particularly in rural areas. To meet our climate targets, we need these vehicles to be electric, and so we require a seamless network of public electric vehicle chargers, that works for everyone, all of the time,’ said Michael Matheson, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy, and Transport. 

In related news, UK grants for electric vehicles are now targeting cheaper models, with up to £1,200 available for purchases up to £32,000. 

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