The Scottish government has increased its investment to facilitate the acceleration of electric vehicles into public sector fleets in the country.
Previously, the budget set for the Low Carbon Transport Loan was £8 million for 2018/19, which is designed to help businesses to transfer from petrol and diesel vehicles to electric vehicles.
Now, this fund has been more than doubled and instead, £20 million will be invested so that businesses will be able to change their fleets more than ever before.
It is part of the government’s commitment to phase out the use of petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032; the extra investment will help to deliver this and, in addition, the Scottish government has announced its Switched on Fleets budget will be quadrupled for 2018/19.
This means investment for that budget will now be £4.8 million.
The funding, along with a new stream called the Switched on Towns and Cities Challenge Fund, will initiate extensive action to change the mentality of fleet owners of businesses based in Scotland.
Where before, there may have been barriers in the uptake of electric vehicles, the investment will enable changes in Scotland’s towns and cities, decreasing air pollution and continuing a pattern seen elsewhere in Britain.
Transport Minister for the Scottish government, Humza Yousaf, attended Falkirk Stadium where an electric vehicle charging hub will be located, launched the Electric A9 project when revealing the other funding options.
He said: “The Electric A9 will greatly expand and build further resilience into our existing ChargePlace Scotland infrastructure, which is already one of the most comprehensive in Europe.
“From the site of the planned hub here in Falkirk and all the way to Scrabster, visitors and local communities will be able to benefit from multiple charge place hubs across the route.
“Our ambitions, however, stretch even further than the longest road in Scotland. We want every town and city to enjoy the benefits of EVs and this requires an even wider charging network.
“The new Switched on Towns and Cities Challenge Fund will support local authorities and partners to implement activities to incentivise the uptake of EVs in urban areas.”