Wednesday 28th September 2022,
North Edinburgh Community News

Network of electric vehicle chargers goes live across Edinburgh

Transport leaders have tested out one of a newly operational network of on-street electric vehicle chargers in Edinburgh, as the nation marks Scotland’s Climate Week.

Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Michael Matheson joined Edinburgh’s Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Scott Arthur, on the eve of World EV Day, to see one of the new charge points, funded by £2.3 million awarded through Transport Scotland’s Switched on Towns and Cities Challenge Fund.

Councillor Scott Arthur, Transport and Environment Convener; Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Michael Matheson were on hand to launch a new network of 81 chargers (141 charging bays).

In total, 81 new chargers (141 charging bays) were installed and went live this summer across the city, including 41 rapid and fast chargers (72 bays) at on-street locations with the remainder provided at Hermiston and Ingliston Park and Ride sites.

The roll-out is designed to encourage and support the take-up of cleaner, low emission transport like electric vehicles. Motor transport contributes significantly to carbon emissions, and the switch to more sustainable transport is essential to the city’s Net Zero target, which is also a key aim of Scotland’s Climate Week.

Councillor Scott Arthur, Transport and Environment Convener, said: “I am delighted that we are expanding on-street electric vehicle chargers across the Capital in a way that does not leave footpaths cluttered with cables and chargers.

“These new chargers will provide convenient charging for residents and visitors alike travelling around the city.

“Of course, choosing to walk, cycle or use public transport is the best travel decision people can make if they want to help us in our net-zero ambition.”

Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport Michael Matheson added: “During Scotland’s Climate Week and ahead of World EV Day, I’m pleased to welcome these new EV charge points across Edinburgh to the ChargePlace Scotland network.”

Charges and maximum stay periods depend on the type of charger (standard, fast or rapid) with full details available on the Council website.

Further information on the types and locations of charging points in Edinburgh can be found on ChargePlace Scotland’s website.

Find out more about electric vehicle charging on the Council website.

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