Scottish government backs EV infrastructure pilot

The Scottish government has provided £5mn funding to a new strategic partnership looking to increase the number of electric vehicle (EV) charge points across Scotland.

The partnership – which includes Transport Scotland, SP Energy Networks and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) – will also look to ensure the infrastructure needed to support the EV charge points is in place and is backed by a further £2.5mn from network companies. The partnership will develop a model that can increase the pace, accessibility and efficiency of the deployment of public chargers. It will deliver trial projects to take place in 2020-21.

SSEN will identify and map out infrastructure needs for new charging points along the route of Electric A9 as part of a wider examination of what electricity network infrastructure is needed to support a growing number of people travelling to the north of Scotland in EVs. SP Energy Networks, meanwhile, will deliver extra public EV chargers integrated with the electricity network across central and southern Scotland.

Frank Mitchell, CEO of SP Energy Networks, said: “This Strategic partnership will allow us to efficiently join the dots between renewable electricity generation, the distribution network, and public electric vehicle charging infrastructure, to make sure all drivers across Scotland have equal access to our electric future.”

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