Stirling Council has installed four rapid charging bays for charging “on the go”, and four slow charging bays for longer stays, at Springfield Terrace in Dunblane.
These chargers will be part of the wider Electric A9 project, Scotland’s longest EV ready route, which seeks to help drivers in rural and urban Scotland access the benefits of driving EVs.
Charging hubs will be located in communities along the 273 miles between Falkirk Stadium in the south and Scrabster Harbour in the north, providing EV charging for long distance journeys, local charging for businesses and residents, and charging at commuter destinations.
Driving Stirling forward
The new Dunblane hubs reaffirms Stirling Council’s eco-commitments in the wake of the declaration of a Climate Emergency, helping ensure it is a leader in sustainable transport and putting the region at the heart of Scotland’s green charging travel infrastructure.
Convenor of Stirling Council’s Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Jim Thomson, said: “Electric vehicles are the future and we will deliver a range of initiatives over the next couple of years that will demonstrate to Stirling residents, commuters and visitors our commitment to preparing for the inevitable move to a green energy transport system.
“Dunblane becoming part of the Electric A9 project further strengthens the national network of chargepoints that are vital in supporting the growing number of EV drivers in Stirling and across Scotland.”
Benefits for future generations
Vice Convenor, Councillor Danny Gibson, said: “These new charging points will help put Stirling right at the forefront of the low carbon revolution and encourage more drivers to go electric.
“Stirling Council’s vision is for the city region to align with the most successful cities across the globe by becoming a leader in progressive sustainable development. By joining the Electric A9 project it demonstrates our commitment to helping deliver green energy for citizens, commuters and visitors that will benefit both today’s travellers and future generations.”
Director of Discover Dunblane, Tom Casey, said: “The installation of the EV chargers is another significant step for Dunblane in improving accessibility to the town centre area in a way that is supportive of environmental sustainability. We would also like to thank Stirling Council for their support in securing funding and overseeing installation.”
Council aims to be a leader in sustainable transport
Among the scheduled initiatives Stirling Council has planned to supercharge its eco-credentials is the purchase of 46 electric vehicles and installation over 100 charging bays, funded through a £2.2 million award from the Scottish Government’s Switched on Towns and Cities Challenge Fund.
During the past year the Council has invested around £800K to install electric vehicle chargers in a variety of locations across Stirling, which includes new substations at Forthside and Castleview, as part of a commitment to developing a world class low carbon infrastructure for the benefit of future generations.
A further £1.5 million will also be invested to create Europe’s largest electric vehicle charging hub at Castleview Park and Ride. Delivered by the end of 2020, it will see the installation of solar canopies and a major battery storage system with up to 60+ charge points.