Drive down the electric avenue

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Across Scotland local authorities and businesses are being supported to install electric vehicle charge points on their premises as part of the Scottish Government’s ‘Switched On Scotland: A Roadmap to Widespread Adoption of Plug-in Vehicles’ initiative.

The aim of the Roadmap is to free Scottish towns, cities and communities from damaging petrol and diesel vehicle emissions by 2050 and aims, from 2040, for almost all new vehicles sold to be near zero-emission.

Electric vehicles (EV) are a vital component of the drive to energise Scotland’s economy through opportunities for green technology industries. EV’s also have a positive impact on health, wellbeing and the environment and can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve local air quality and reduce noise pollution.

In Scotland a third of all car journeys are less than two miles long and nearly a quarter of all trips are one mile or less. They also have cheaper running costs - 2/3p a mile to power an electric car compared to 16p a mile for the average family car.

Free installation of a home charging point, free charging currently across the majority of the ChargePlace Scotland network and zero vehicle excise duty are some of the perks being offered for those willing to invest in an EV.

The new objective aims to give drivers the confidence to make the same journeys they would in a petrol or diesel car, and with over 600 publicly available charge points now installed across Scotland, a network is being built which can accommodate the ever increasing demand.

There are a variety of models available from major manufacturers including: Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Citroen, Ford, Kia, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault Smart and Toyota.