In Scottland, Swarco eVolt & Schneider Electric have been announced as suppliers for Project PACE – a project to develop over 40 new public EV charging hubs across Scottish county Lanarkshire.
The first step for the project will be to closely coordinate with the local council to “determine optimum EV charging hub locations” before any chargers are installed. Here, important factors being looked at are “existing electricity infrastructure location and capacity, available land and the need to provide public access.” The project’s over-arching goal is to help facilitate Scotland’s planned fossil-fuel exit in 2032.
An investment of £5.3m by Transport Scotland will finance up to 180 new public EV charge points for the ChargePlace Scotland network, which the announcement calculates “will more than triple EV charging capacity across Lanarkshire by April 2021.”
The first EV charging hub delivered through a strategic partnership between the Scottish Government and SP Energy Networks has already been installed at Strathclyde Country Park and the organisations which will continue to bring ‘Project PACE’ to life. Swarco eVolt will be responsible for supplying and installing the EV chargers, while Schneider Electric will provide the electrical equipment needed to connect the chargers to the electricity network.
“This project is a fantastic example of how we can work smartly together to help tackle the climate emergency efficiently and benefit both the environment and our customers in Lanarkshire”, says Scott Mathieson, Director of Network Planning and Regulation at SP Energy Networks, adding: “This will serve as a blueprint for other areas across the country in the shift to electric vehicles, ensuring every community has equal access to charging points connected into Scotland’s electricity networks.”
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