Electric vehicles could get charging boost

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A £1.8m BOOST to provide more charging points for electric vehicles across Dundee and on popular commuter routes into the city is set to be discussed by councillors.

The cash injection comes after Dundee was awarded a £1.86m Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) grant earlier this year.

Bill Campbell depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “We already lead the way in our use and encouragement of low and zero emission vehicles in the city and the grant from OLEV was recognition of that fact.

“These additional charging points at strategic locations across the city will continue on the journey towards helping to improve the environment for the people of Dundee.

“Our own extensive use as a council of low and zero emission vehicles is encouraging other public bodies and private individuals to buy and use them as a real practical alternative to those driven by fossil fuels.

“The proposed extension to the charging network will help to increase the use of such vehicles.”

The funding will be used to create charging points at eight locations including Princess Street, St Anne Lane Car Park and Queen Street Car Park.

Other charging hubs will be created in Fife, Perth and Kinross and Angus as well as at six NHS Tayside hospitals to facilitate the movement of equipment and people between the hospitals.

The chargers will be available to the public, local taxi and private hire fleets, NHS vehicles and local businesses.

Councillors will also be told on Monday (AUGUST 22) that the Dundee Partnership has been awarded £102,000 from Transport Scotland as part of its Chargeplace Scotland Network.

Following discussions with local partners and Transport Scotland it is proposed to use that money to provide;

  • an additional rapid charger at St Anne Lane Car Park;
  • an additional fast charger for a seventh NHS Tayside site;
  • charging cables to trial home start vehicle charging;
  • council depot charging to further develop the electric fleet;
  • fast chargers at Bell Street Car Park;
  • a rapid charger for University of Dundee green hub; and
  • a fast charger for Dundee and Angus College Kingsway Depot.

Dundee City Council currently operates 66 pure electric vehicles from six different manufacturers meaning around 25% of the council’s car and small van fleet is electric. In addition it also uses two hybrid vehicles.

The council owns 58 charging point at eight publicly available charging locations, including Scotland’s first rapid charger.

In 2016/17 the council estimates that this will reduce carbon dioxide by 122 tonnes each year.

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