Electric Vehicle Charging Network Report

Electric Vehicle Charging Network

Transport Scotland has published its Draft Vision for Scotland’s Public Electric Vehicle Charging Network report which explores the key areas relevant to the development of a Scottish public electric vehicle (EV) charging network.

The report highlights that a key part of Scotland meeting its climate goals is to encourage the increased use of public transport and other forms of active travel.

A shift to electric vehicles (EVs) is also required while meeting the ambition to reduce annual kilometres driven by 20% by 2030. In addition, the report outlines the main aspects for the draft vision for Scotland’s public electric vehicle charging network:

> People have access to a well-designed and comprehensive public network of charge points.

> The public electric vehicle network works for everyone regardless of age, health, income or other needs.

> Scotland has attracted private sector investment to grow the public electric charging network.

> The public charging network is powered by clean, renewable energy and drivers benefit from advancements in energy storage, smart tariffs and network design.

> People’s first choice wherever possible is active and public transport with the location of electric vehicle charging points supporting those choices.

Data from the report showed that since 2013, £50mn has been invested in the ChargePlace Scotland network of publicly available EV charge points.

The network contains over 2,100 charge points, which delivered 783,000 charging sessions in 2020. In addition, the report stated that according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, on a rolling 12-month average EVs made up 12.7% of new car sales at December 2021.

This is a 24% increase on the rolling average at December 2020. In December 2021, sales of EVs made up over 21% of all new car sales in Scotland. The report concludes that the vision outlined leads the way to the next phase in growth of Scotland’s public charging network.

It sates that along with its associated outcomes and priorities, over the next 12 months it will be reviewed and refined through engagement with stakeholders.

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