Edinburgh council approves network of on-street electric vehicle charging hubs
The network, which will be made up of 66 on-street charging points across 14 hubs, is part of the council’s electric vehicle infrastructure business case
Electric cars in the Scottish borders - image credit: borders council
A network of on-street electric vehicle charging hubs will be installed across Edinburgh after the local authority’s Transport and Environment Committee approved the plans.
The network, which will be made up of 66 on-street charging points across 14 hubs, is part of the council’s electric vehicle infrastructure business case, approved in October, which proposed the implementation of 211 on-street charging points by 2023 at a cost of £3.3m.
The council says improvements to infrastructure could result in carbon savings of 7,715 tonnes and savings in nitrogen dioxide of over 14 tonnes.
The project for installing the first tranche of chargers by 2020 is being backed by a £2.2m grant from Transport Scotland.
Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “We are leading the country with our bold, strategic approach to providing on-street electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and I’m delighted that we’re now able to move forward with the first stage of our implementation plan.
“We’ve seen an exponential rise in the popularity of electric vehicles over the last few years, and we want to see this continue. Encouraging drivers to choose environmentally friendly modes of transport over diesel or petrol cars will have a real impact on air quality so it’s essential that we provide the infrastructure to allow this.”
The local authority said charging equipment will be located on roads, rather than pavements, to reduce street clutter, and will be placed near, but not adjacent to, residential properties, to allow residents to park outside their homes.
An enforcement policy is also under development, to ensure electric vehicle bays, which will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, are not used for unlimited parking and are reserved for electric vehicles.
Prior to the installation phase, which is expected to last from January to December 2020, a new project board will be established, supported by the Electric Vehicle Working Group, which will meet regularly to oversee implementation, providing robust governance of the plan.
Separated from the seats of power by more than just mere geography, what has devolution done for the Highlands to close the gap?
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will also appear in front of the committee ahead of a stage one debate on the climate change bill
The study, produced by Vivid Economics, said carbon sinks will play a crucial role in balancing remaining emissions
With the climate change plan released less than a year ago, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment warned it was too early to make a judgement on the progress made in its implementation
Vodafone explores some of the ways IoT is significantly improving public sector service delivery
With the annual worldwide cost of cybercrime set to double from $3tn in 2015 to $6tn by 2021, BT offers advice on how chief information security officers can better...
BT's Amy Lemberger argues that having the right security in place to protect your organisation is no longer just an option. It is a necessity.