The Scottish Government has published its draft vision for the public EV charging network, which includes a £60m fund for increasing the number of charge points.
This money will be allocated to local authorities over the next four years with approximately half of it anticipated to be invested from the private sector.
The step, which builds on existing provision and seeks to deliver more of the right chargers in the right places, has the potential to double the size of the public charging network in Scotland.
To speed up new strategies and help better identify charge point requirements across Scotland, the Scottish Government has also announced £350,000 to support six pathfinder projects across Scotland.
Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport Michael Matheson said, “We have invested over £50 million to create a network with over 2,100 public charge points across Scotland.
“The £60m Public Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Fund will draw in and smooth commercial investment so that the future charging network works for everyone, while at the same time potentially doubling the size of our public network here in Scotland.”
Neil Swanson from the Electric Vehicle Association Scotland added, “We warmly welcome the publication of the draft Vision that puts everyone front and centre of a public electric vehicle charging network that’s fit for the future.
“The network needs to continue to grow in a way that ensures no part of Scotland is left behind and we will continue to engage with government on how this draft vision can best be realised for the benefit of EV drivers across Scotland.”