Swarco eVolt has been awarded the contract to run ChargePlace Scotland – the country’s public EV charging network – from July 2021.
It will take over from Charge Your Car for a term which is expected to last for a minimum of two years with the option to extend.
The Scottish Government, which owns ChargePlace Scotland, said the new agreement, estimated to be worth up to £1.2m, will create new jobs, improve customer service and provide better performance information for users.
It also says the agreement provides an opportunity to develop interoperability and pay-as-you-go options.
ChargePlace Scotland has grown from 55 public charge points in 2013 to more than 1,600 currently, while Swarco eVolt has more than 8,000 charging points installed across the UK.
Justin Meyer, Managing Director for Swarco eVolt said: “Our charging technology has become the watchword for reliability and performance in a world that demands certainty, and our approach to smart charging through our e.Connect software solution will be at the heart of the ambition to build a truly world-class network.
“The Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc, set up as a location for companies that are leading the way in sustainable mobility and decarbonisation, is the perfect location for our new offices, and we look forward to providing more employment opportunities for local communities.”
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson added: “We have invested almost £32 million since 2011 to establish a comprehensive publicly available electric vehicle charging network across Scotland.
“Key to the uptake of electric vehicles is reliable charging infrastructure that people can count on. I’m confident that Swarco will meet our vision for the ChargePlace Scotland network over the coming years.”