EV charging network consultation

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The Scottish Government launched a £60 million Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Fund to speed up the growth of the EV public charging infrastructure network across Scotland. This is to support the UK and Scottish Governments’ commitment to moving to EVs and banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030.

Government funding

We have been awarded part of this funding to produce a business case and to develop partnerships with the private sector to secure commercial investment so that an accessible, reliable and affordable EV Charging network across the Midlothian area can be provided. 

Preferred ways to travel

Active travel and public transport will always remain the preferred modes of travel and the charging network in Midlothian will be designed to support these modes.

Scope of Study

The business case considers the expected future increase in EVs and associated need for additional EV chargers throughout Midlothian including number and type of charger and the location of these. It sets out possible funding options and what the future EV charging network could look like across Midlothian.

Key Facts

  • In 2021, a total of 611 electric vehicles were registered in Midlothian
  • The number of electric vehicles in Midlothian has grown by 39% every year between 2015-2021
  • As of September 2022, there were around 100 publicly accessible charge points within Midlothian owned by the public and private sectors

Future charging network vision

Midlothian’s EV Charging Network will provide a reliable, accessible, community focussed network that works for everyone. It will contribute to the just transition to Net Zero by 2045, supporting Midlothian Council’s Climate Change Strategy 2020.

It will also support the Scottish Government objectives to invest in EVCI to support sustainable development, ensuring that our rural and urban communities benefit equitably. The network will be designed to encourage and actively align partnerships with private sector and not-for-profit organisations.

The continued development of EVCI will consider the needs and local context of Midlothian, acting as a catalyst for sustainable and inclusive local economic development. As with the sustainable travel hierarchy, active travel and public transport will always remain the preferred modes of travel and the charging network will be designed to support these modes.

EV Forecast

By 2026, forecasts suggest that there may be 4,500 electric vehicles in Midlothian which will need up to 700 publicly accessible charging points. There could be as many of 15,000 electric vehicles in Midlothian by 2030, potentially needing over 2,200 publicly accessible charging points.

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