Utilities Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and SP Energy Networks have partnered with Transport Scotland to pilot electric vehicle charging infrastructure across Scotland.
The Scottish government has committed £5 million to the pilot project, with the additional £2.5 million funded by network companies.
The project will address issues such as increasing the pace, accessibility and efficiency of public charging point deployment.
SSEN will investigate electricity network infrastructure requirements in the northern regions of Scotland required to support increasing numbers of EV’s ahead of the UK’s 2030 low-carbon vehicle transition target. SP Energy Networks will deliver grid-tied EV charging points in central and southern Scotland.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This partnership highlights the critical role that electricity networks have to play in delivering a zero-carbon energy system and in facilitating an electric vehicle revolution and the provision of clean energy for transport.
“This project will develop a new model for delivering both EV charging and electricity network infrastructure which can more effectively satisfy Scotland’s ambitions, including delivering inclusive universal access to the benefits of the decarbonisation of transport.”