Grant Shapps: I’d been wanting to make the switch to an electric car for some time, ordering mine over two years ago and waiting for it to be produced. By happy coincidence the car finally arrived just as I was beginning my new role as transport secretary. This has given me the opportunity to experience an electric vehicle first hand. Most people already know electric cars are greener than their petrol and diesel counterparts, helping to cut carbon emissions and cleaning up the air we all breathe. But many are unaware they’re also much more reliable and cheaper to use.
Times 17th Sept 2019 read more »
Electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure firm Forev has unveiled plans to create a network of rapid EV chargers throughout Scotland after inking a supply deal with an Austrian traffic tech specialist. Under the agreement, Swarco eVolt will provide the start-up, led by Edinburgh businessman Lindsay Wallace, with technology, a back office operating system, and service and maintenance support. Forev aims to own, operate and maintain a network of charging points that supports the accelerated adoption of EVs. The Scottish Government has committed to phasing out the need for fossil-fuelled cars in Scotland by 2032, although 45 per cent of the population do not have access to home charging. Forev, which pledges to only use 100 per cent accredited clean energy, believes installing fast chargers on busy public sites is the best solution. Swarco’s technology ranges from lamppost charging to the dual outlet 22 and 50-kilowatt chargers offered through the Forev network.
Scotsman 17th Sept 2019 read more »