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Switched On Scotland presents an ambitious EV Roadmap

20 September 2013

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No diesel-fuelled vehicles in Scottish cities and towns by 2050, almost all new car sales to be near-zero emission by 2040 and public car fleet to be replaced with electric cars. These ambitious goals are part of the newly published ‘Switched On Scotland’ Roadmap, which aims to boost the number of EVs on the Scottish roads.
Switched On Scotland: A Roadmap to Widespread Adoption of Plug-in Vehicles, published on 12 September by the Transport Scotland, sets out the vision for Scotland’s electric car future to ensure that by 2050 Scottish towns and cities are free from the damaging effects of petrol and diesel-fuelled cars.

“Electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs /PHEVs) will make a substantial contribution to this ambition. This will be motivated by Scotland’s world-leading climate change targets and commitments to improve local air quality and noise pollution,” reads the Roadmap. Transport Scotland hopes that the Roadmap will not only help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change, but also help to improve local air quality and therefore also public health and wellbeing.

CO2-free cities by 2050

According to the Roadmap, by 2030 half of all fossil-fuelled vehicles will be phased-out of urban environments across Scotland thus achieving CO2-free city logistics in major urban centres. By 2040 almost all new vehicles sold will be near-zero emission, but by 2050 Scotland’s towns and cities will be “free from the damaging effects of petrol and diesel fumes,” states the Roadmap.

Investments and public sector leadership

The Scottish Government is prepared to spend over £14 million (€16,5 million) over the coming two years to support this low carbon vehicle agenda. The Roadmap foresees installing charging points at all main government buildings and replacing the Scottish Government vehicles with plug-in electric vehicles, where appropriate. Funding will be also offered to private businesses to encourage them to install EV charging points at their premises.

Since 2010 the Scottish Government has already invested over £8 million (€9,5 million) in low carbon vehicles and charging infrastructure. This has allowed the government to purchase around 270 low carbon vehicles, including electric cars, vans and street sweepers.

Incentives to promote EVs

The ambitious plan anticipates that charging points will be installed at least every 50 miles on main roads across Scotland. Furthermore, several steps are to be taken to help locals and businesses to switch to electric cars. For example, 100% funding will be provided for home charging points for households that buy an EV.

Other support measures include:
  • Grant of 25% of the costs of the EV, up to maximum of £5.000 (€5.917);
  • Grant of 20% of the costs of the electric van, up to maximum of £8.000 (€9.467); 
  • Discounted ferry fares for EVs;
  • No road tax.


Transport Scotland is the national transport agency for Scotland and a vital feature of the Scotish Government’s focus on increasing sustainable economic growth. The Scottish Government under the E-cosse partnership prepared the Switched On Scotland Roadmap with experts from industry, academia and environmental bodies, and sets out the plan to drive forward the uptake of electric vehicles in Scotland.


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