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Transport Scotland Switched on Towns and Cities Challenge Fund

Transport Scotland's new Switched on Towns and Cities Challenge Fund aims to facilitate a step increase in the uptake of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) in Scotland’s towns and cities. Its objective is to support intensive, high impact capital activity in order to incentivise, encourage and promote the use of plug-in EVs. The Challenge Fund is targeted at local authorities who are well positioned to deliver the infrastructure and local incentives to support EV uptake.  Round 1 of the Challenge Fund closed for applications on 31 August 2018.

Transport Scotland anticipates the assessment of applications to be completed by early October and to issue grant offer letters in November. Visit Transport Scotland's website for more information.

Switched on Towns and Cities in-depth support for local authorities

Ten local authorities across Scotland will receive in-depth feasibility study support as part of the plans for Scotland’s electric towns and cities. These studies will provide local authorities with a bespoke investment case including recommendations on locations for suitable publicly accessible charge points for a range of user groups including private domestic cars, taxi, private hire vehicles as well as local authority fleets and car clubs. The 10 studies announced on 27 September 2018 by the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson, will be completed by April 2019.  The following organisations received support:

  • Ayr (South Ayrshire)
  • Irvine (North Ayrshire)
  • Stornoway (Eilean Siar)
  • Arbroath (Angus)
  • Perth (Perth & Kinross)
  • Dunfermline (Fife)
  • Falkirk (Falkirk Council)
  • Kirkintilloch (East Dunbartonshire)
  • Musselburgh (East Lothian)
  • Galashiels (Scottish Borders)

More information on the projects here: Switched on Towns and Cities in-depth feasibility studies.

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If you have any questions you can email the Switched on Towns and Cities team.


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