Glasgow targets doubling EV charging stations
Glasgow City Council has got an update on charging infrastructure in Scotland’s most populous city. The report includes existing and incoming charge points, with 164 planned for this year and more in the pipeline. Funding has been arranged, yet other factors remain open.
There is the timeline, for example, which is dependent on supply and locations. At the same time, it is clear which Glasgow Ward will get how many charge points through the new funding round. The three largest installations went to Newlands/Auldburn with 38, Drumchapel/Anniesland with 32, and Canal with 16.
These will be a mix of 7kWh and 22kWh charging points. Another 96 charge points are proposed, subject to grant funding being secured. This would amount to 260 charge points coming to Glasgow streets this year.
SNP councillor Angus Millar, chairman of the environment, sustainability and carbon reduction committee, said they were looking at “a near doubling of the public network in the coming year to meet rising demand in the city.”
As for the existing charging stations, 268 public electric vehicle charging points have been installed in Glasgow, more than any other local authority in Scotland. An additional 115 charging spaces were created to support the council’s EV fleet.
The report further states that throughout 2021, more than 5,300 drivers had used the network for 43,112 sessions, consuming more than 988,000 kWh – the equivalent of 2.8 million emission-free miles diverting 559.1 tons of CO2.
For this latest round of funding, the City Council secured funding from the Scottish Government’s £60m funding pot issued in January.
Scotland aims to phase out all petrol and diesel vehicles in Scotland by 2032.
Glasgow has already introduced a Low Emission Zone, with the second phase banning certain vehicles from the city centre beginning in 2023.