EV car share schemes to be rolled out in Scotland
More people across Scotland will be able to use electric vehicles after the Scottish Government committed to a £510,000 investment that will support housing associations procure the services of car clubs.
21st March 2019 by Networks
The Plugged-in Households Grant Fund will allow tenants, local residents and staff at eight housing associations to hire electric vehicles when they require the use of a car. The fund also provides financial support for housing associations to promote these new services locally.
The fund, which launched for the first time in October last year, has created opportunities across locations such as Aberdeenshire, Elgin, Fife, Glasgow, Midlothian, Paisley and Orkney for local residents to experience the benefits of EVs.
The Plugged-in Households Grant Fund has been delivered and administered by Energy Saving Trust following funding from Transport Scotland to provide viable alternatives to car ownership and allow more people to experience the benefits of modern ultra-low emission vehicles.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson, said: “Plugged-in Households is an innovative project making e-mobility more inclusive, accessible and affordable. Equally, it provides a real option for those who feel they need a car occasionally, without having to lease, buy, maintain and insure a vehicle – which is incredibly valuable in terms of encouraging a more sustainable transport network.
“For those who feel they need to own a car, or those who are thinking of switching to electric, we provide significant support to encourage electric vehicles in Scotland. From interest free loans for vehicles, to support for home and business charge points, there are many incentives to take advantage of to help people switch today.”
Ellie Grebenik, senior programme manager at Energy Saving Trust, added: “Plugged-in Households grant funding will open up access to electric vehicles across numerous Scottish housing association locations. Tenants, staff and the wider community can enjoy sustainable transport through the convenience of car clubs.
“The adoption of EVs is accelerating all the time, supported by interest free loans and a growing charging infrastructure. The switch to EVs plays an important part reducing emissions and improving the country’s air quality in line with Transport Scotland’s strategy.”
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