Seven organisations set for affordable EV access in Scotland

Seven organisations in Scotland have received funding to secure electric vehicles (EV) in the second round of the Plugged-In Households Grant Fund.

The £359,000 scheme, delivered by the Energy Saving Trust on behalf of Transport Scotland, sets out to offer alternatives to car ownership. Not-for-profit housing associations, housing cooperatives and community groups are able to apply for funding to procure the services of a zero-emission car club vehicle to be used by their tenants and the wider local community. Membership of the car clubs is discounted for housing association tenants while local residents and staff will be able to access EVs on demand. A total of 28 EVs were secured across four housing associations and three community organisations in the second round of funding, following 35 vehicles being made available in round one.

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, explained that while ultra-low emission vehicles bring “real advantages” in response to the climate emergency, zero emission vehicles cannot be the solution to transport challenges on their own.

Matheson said: “We need to challenge our relationship with car ownership and encourage shared modes while at the same time promote walking, cycling and public transport. In addition to our funding to social housing providers for improved walking and cycling facilities, the Plugged-In Households Grant Fund is a progressive initiative which provides real alternatives to car ownership for those who choose to drive.”