GLASGOW is set to offer free electricity for residents and visitors driving electric or hybrid cars. Twenty new charging posts have been installed in the city’s public charging network, providing Glasgow with one of the densest networks of electric car charging points in the UK.

The charging posts were provided by POD Point Ltd, the UK’s leading electric vehicle charging company, and each post can charge two cars simultaneously, giving electric and hybrid vehicle owners a 30-mile boost in just an hour’s charging.

Glasgow City Council’s executive member for Sustainability and Transport, Councillor Jim Coleman said: “We have been introducing electric vehicles into our own fleet for some time now and I want to see them become a regular sight on Glasgow’s streets. By providing more charging points, we can start to make an electric vehicle not only a clean and economic choice, but a practical option for many more motorists.”

Glasgow was chosen to participate in the Joined-Cities Plan, an £11m scheme launched by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) in 2009 to will help cities deploy a network of recharging points for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Since that time the council has installed 20 electric vehicle charge points, and trialled 16 electric cars in their own fleet.

The charging posts were installed by mechanical and electrical contractor FES Ltd, who also supply and install renewables including solar thermal, solar PV and wind turbines. There are already several installations in Scotland that link electric car charging to locally-generated renewable energy, and the country’s advanced renewable energy economy is expected to help Scotland realise the ‘green from green’ motoring dream faster than other parts of the UK.

Erik Fairbairn, CEO of POD Point, commented: “Scotland’s renewable energy policies will fast-track the country to low emissions motoring, and make electric cars a more attractive proposition to individuals and businesses who want to use the surplus energy they generate to charge electric cars. We expect this will be particularly interesting to companies or individuals who have invested in renewable energy installations and want to see an additional return on investment in terms of long-term savings from their transport budget.”

He added: “Electric motoring is suitable for companies or individuals who do planned, local journeys where vehicles return to base every day. We are expecting to see a surge of interest in Scotland, where the government-backed grant schemes for fitting electric vehicle charge points are extremely generous.”


# red kite 2012-11-29 10:53
I would be really interested, in a few months time, to see a breakdown of what vehicles used these spaces. Particularly interested in how long each vehicle spent on what will no doubt be a free parking space. Very interested to learn who will be driving these cars, and thus presumably getting dedicated and free parking in the city centre. Something thousands of commuters would give their eye teeth for.
# mackdee 2012-11-29 11:38
Never been completely convinced that electric cars are as green as they say, how much difference are the combustion engines from all the cars in Scotland in comparison with the added output from fossil fuel electricity power plant that would be needed to power all the cars if they were electric?
My opinion is that chargable cars are the motoring worlds ' minidisc' moment......Hydrogen cells, now thats the future.
# Sannymac 2012-11-29 15:20
First "mackdee" how are you going to generate that hydrogen and how do you intend to contain and transport it?
Are you totally unaware that Scotland has the potential to generate, from offshore tidal and sea currents, more electricity than the whole of the UK currently uses. I don't think future electric cars will need fossil fuel to supply them.
# Wee-Scamp 2012-11-29 16:01
If I remember rightly these charging posts are made in Germany or somewhere in Europe. So that's the first "fail".. The second and biggest "fail" is of course that the majority of EVs are made by foreign companies and needless to say there isn't a Scottish company building them. That isn't because we couldn't but because raising the money to do it would be incredibly difficult.
# wee folding bike 2012-11-29 16:12
# Breeks 2012-11-29 17:03
I'm all for it, but recognise this might be a cul-de-sac in the short term. There are indeed issues with electric cars, I heard it was manufacturing the batteries and assuring the battery longevity which upset the 'green' formula, but then, I remember the size of mobile phones when they first came out.

Mackdee is right - hydrogen is the answer. Electrolysis of water gives Hydrogen and oxygen which is fuel broadly compatible with combustion engines, & which burns to produce nothing but water. The problem is it takes more energy to split the H2O in the first place than you get back as fuel, so is it better using electricity to power cars or split water molecules? Bit of both maybe? - but it's a definite option if you have a limitless renewable source of electrical power.
....If only there was somebody with an over capacity in renewable wind and wave powered generators, with creative & innovative people looking into it all....

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