A milestone moment has been reached north of the border as ChargePlace Scotland has announced more than 1,000 electric vehicle charge points are available to the public.
It is a significant moment in the move towards developing one of the most comprehensive electric vehicle charging networks on the continent.
The achievement in Scotland is highlighted by the fact that, on average, the distance between any given location to the nearest charge point is 3.77 miles in England, for Scotland, it is almost one mile less.
This means easier access for businesses whose fleets may be looking to move to electric; there are a lot of barriers in the way, infrastructure being one of them. But the news from ChargePlace Scotland, and its future plans, means important infrastructure is being developed.
It was announced earlier this year by ChargePlace Scotland that 800 further public charging points are planned, exceeding the 2018 Programme for Government commitment that promised to deliver 150 new public charge points.
It also demonstrates the determination of the Scottish government to eradicate the use of petrol and diesel only new vehicles by 2032.
Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, said: “World class charging infrastructure is critical in developing range confidence and encouraging people to make the switch to electric vehicles.
“At the same time, the continued development of our infrastructure sends a global message that Scotland is ready for a revolution in e-mobility.
“The uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles is central to our Energy Strategy, our Climate Change Plan and our goal of making Scotland’s air quality the best in Europe.
“It’s fantastic that Scotland now benefits from over 1,000 charge points, including close to two hundred 50 kilowatt rapid chargers.”
The Cabinet Minister made his speech at East Ayrshire Council’s first fully electric car park, situated on Waterside Street in Kilmarnock; the project was supported by important investment from the Scottish government.
It continues the theme throughout the UK of investing in charge points.