Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Introduction

The Highland Council’s ongoing commitment to tackling the climate emergency is being clearly evidenced through its ongoing Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure programme. The main drivers underpinning the EV infrastructure programme are:

  • Scottish Government has pledged to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030
  • UK Government has pledged to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars (excluding some hybrids) from 2030

A key project contributing positively towards the above targets is The Highland Council’s Local Authority Installation Programme (LAIP). Funded by Transport Scotland, this annual programme further develops the EV public charging network so that EV drivers can confidently travel throughout Scotland – in both urban and rural locations. This programme includes the Electric A9 project.

A small EV Infrastructure project team (based within the Climate Change and Energy Team, Infrastructure & Environment Services) is delivering this project and driving other projects and initiatives forward whilst strategically planning for development opportunities.

The Highland Council currently hosts over 50 EV charge points on the public network around the region.

There are currently over 40 new charger installations in progress and more planned in the future.

If your community needs a charge point, please email EVManagement@highland.gov.uk.