Minister Launches Scotland’s Action Plan to Grow EV Markets

13 JUN 2017

Scotland’s Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf today launched Switched on Scotland Phase Two: An Action Plan for Growth, penned by Urban Foresight and developed with Transport Scotland.

The document establishes a 10-point plan to implement the second phase of Switched on Scotland: A Roadmap to Widespread Adoption of Plug-in Vehicles, setting out the next steps in delivering the Scottish Government’s vision to free Scotland’s towns, cities and communities from the damaging emissions of fossil-fuelled vehicles by 2050.

It defines the actions that Transport Scotland and wider partners will take between 2017 and 2020 to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) and to realise the benefits that this will offer to individuals, communities, businesses and to the country as a whole.

The ten outcome-focused actions which are defined in the document will collectively deliver three positive impacts; decreased costs; enhanced convenience; and a change in culture whereby EVs are preferred to fossil fuelled vehicles.

Phase 2 of the Roadmap was written and developed following extensive consultation with over 130 people from 60 different organisations across four workshops arranged through  E-cosse partnership, a stakeholder network run by Urban Foresight for Transport Scotland and the Energy Saving Trust.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “I am delighted that Switched on Scotland has reached this critical second phase. Only through effective partnership working can we secure the environmental and transport vision for Scotland that we aim to realise. A greener Scotland, with improved air quality, improvements in public health and lower costs for consumers and businesses through the increased use of electric vehicles.

David Beeton, Managing Director at Urban Foresight said:

“Scotland is fast becoming one of the best places in the world to drive an EV. After months of consultation and drafting it is excellent news that we can now push forward with this second phase and continue to make Scotland a global exemplar in electric mobility.”

Visiting local business J & E Shepherd Chartered Surveyors in Edinburgh, The Minister also announced a further £8.2 million to support Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Transport Loan Fund. Administered by the Energy Saving Trust, the fund offers interest free loans to help businesses and individuals enjoy the many benefits of EVs.

Matthew Eastwood, Head of Transport, Scotland, Energy Saving Trust said:

“I’m delighted that Transport Scotland has increased funding for the interest free low carbon transport loan in 2017. The interest free loan is very popular with Scottish consumers and businesses and helps unlock the financial savings offered by ultra-low emission vehicles and other carbon saving transport measures.”

Switched on Scotland Phase Two: An Action Plan for Growth is available for download here.

Image credit: Humza Yousaf MSP

Roadmap Refresh Consultation

21 Dec 2016

Transport Scotland is consulting with stakeholders as part of a review and refresh process being undertaken for its Switched On Scotland Electric Vehicle Roadmap.

Through a series of workshops and E-cosse forums, Transport Scotland with Urban Foresight and EST has been consulting with key stakeholders to discuss current progress, reflect on good practice and gain insight on the key challenges for a refresh of the Roadmap’s Actions. Key areas of discussion have included charging infrastructure and procurement and deployment.

These workshops and further consultation and research are informing the development of the Roadmap Refresh due to be published in Spring 2017. This follows the publication of a Review document in November 2016 which examinined progress to date.

Transport Scotland would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the process so far.

Should you have any enquiries or would like to input into the process please contact us.

Switched on Scotland Roadmap Review

07 Nov 2016

Transport Scotland published Review of its Switched On Scotland Electric Vehicle Roadmap today which takes a detailed look at progress since 2013 against the goals and actions contained in the Roadmap.

The Roadmap sets out the Scottish Government’s vision to free Scotland’s towns, cities and communities from the damaging emissions of petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles by 2050. Recognising the rapid pace of change in technologies and markets for plug-in vehicles, the Roadmap included a commitment to review early progress and identify any areas in which further action is required.

The Review will also be used to help inform engagement and consultation with the E-cosse plug-in vehicle partnership, which comprises more than 150 different organisations. The outcomes of this engagement will feed into the development of a refreshed plug-in vehicle action plan, which will be published by Spring 2017.

For any questions relating to the Review document or the refresh of the Switched On Scotland Roadmap, please contact Transport Scotland.

Local Incentives for Electric Vehicles

04 Nov 2016

Urban Foresight, working with Transport Scotland and the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation Scotland (SCOTS), have developed a National Framework of Local Incentives for Electric Vehicles which is published today, 4th November and is available to download here.

The Switched On Scotland Electric Vehicle Roadmap recognised the potential for local authorities to introduce a range of measures which could encourage the uptake of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The Roadmap also set a commitment for Transport Scotland to work with local authorities to explore these measures in more detail.

The Framework provides guidance and examples of good practice to support successful implementation of measures relating to four key policy areas:

• Parking
• Planning
• Road Access and Charging
• Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles

It draws on desk research, interviews and findings from two workshops that brought together over 60 participants from across the public and private sector. It will be useful for anyone involved in promoting the adoption of electric vehicles in Scotland, especially at a local level.

Transport Scotland will continue to encourage and support local authorities who are considering implementing some of these measures. The Framework will also feed directly into Transport Scotland’s refresh of the Switched On Scotland Roadmap (due to be published Spring 2017).

Any questions relating to the report should be directed to Transport Scotland or Adam Suleiman at Urban Foresight.

Energy Systems and Electric Vehicles

28 JUL 2016

Urban Foresight today published a report for Transport Scotland reviewing the interaction between energy systems and electrified road transport.

The report supports the Scottish Government’s twin ambitions of encouraging widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and developing a secure, sustainable and affordable electricity grid.

It was informed by detailed research and stakeholder workshops that brought together over 30 experts from across the public and private sector. This identified a range of relevant issues and opportunities, from electrical distribution systems and smart grids to energy markets, outlining a series of key areas for development and further integration.

This study follows ambitions to strengthen links between policy on transport and energy established in Transport Scotland’s Switched On Scotland Roadmap to Widespread Adoption of Plug-in Vehicles.  The roadmap, which was also developed by Urban Foresight, establishes the ambition to ensure that Scotland’s energy grid is sufficiently robust and well-managed to accommodate changes in demand, and that the potential of EVs to support the development of a cleaner and smarter energy system is realised.

The report explains that these ambitions are complementary and outlines the many interdependencies between EVs and the energy sector. It explains that widespread adoption of EVs offers the potential to have both positive and negative impacts on energy systems. Furthermore, energy policy and business models from the energy sector could offer the potential to accelerate the uptake of EVs. A proactive and integrated consideration of the areas identified in the report could therefore yield significant benefits in both sectors.

The report will feed directly into the Scottish Government’s development of a new Scottish Energy Strategy (due for publication in Summer 2017) and a Transport Scotland refresh of the Switched On Scotland Roadmap (due to be published in early 2017).

The full report can be viewed here.

Local Incentives for EV Adoption

17 DEC 2015

Bringing together over 60 delegates from industry, academia and government, the 11th E-cosse forum explored the impact that local incentives are having on the uptake of electric vehicles.

Organised by Urban Foresight, in partnership with Transport Scotland, the event was held today at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) in Edinburgh.

Providing international insight via Copenhagen, Kåre Albrechtsen outlined some of the activities that Copenhagen Electric were undertaking to increase uptake of electric vehicles in Denmark including a series of public procurement and partnership agreements, car sharing and communication and branding exercises. Stephen Rennie of TTR Ltd also presented case studies from cities across Europe demonstrating that a range of different approaches can, and indeed are being undertaken to facilitate EV uptake.

Dialing in from Berlin, Germany, Rouven Faasch demonstrated Ubitricity’s innovative docking station for universal grid integration anywhere, termed as “the mobile phone for EV charging”.

“Do Not Adjust Your Vision” said York City Council’s Derek McReadie, illustrating how ambition, resilience and innovation have rewarded the city’s multi-modal and holistic Low Emission Strategy. This includes the 2018 introduction of UK’s first Clean Air Zone, agreed as part of the Council’s Air Quality Action Plan. Whilst Sheffield City Council’s Mark Daly shared his experiences and lessons of best practice from the Electric Vehicles Inmotion! partnership. The scheme which supports businesses with EV uptake is used to help local businesses grow in a sustainable manner, cut operating costs and reduce carbon emissions.

Research into predicting demand for on-street charging was presented by David Connolly of Systra, who have developed a tool to help users optimise the provision of public on-street recharging infrastructure (OPOSRI) in collaboration with Strathclyde University.

Discussing elements of good practice for local measures, Gloria Esposito from the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership emphasised that local incentives can help overcome barriers to EV use. The importance of collaboration, communication and consistency for increasing uptake was also discussed.

We need to transfer our enthusiasm and knowledge of EVs to the public said Zak Tuck of Transport Scotland in his closing remarks, adding that “Incentives can’t be there forever – we need to think how to effectively and efficiently move away from them in the long term once they’ve demonstrated their success and the market is providing a stable level of support so that they are no longer required.”

The speakers’ presentations are available on the E-cosse Downloads page.

EV Communications & Outreach are the Focus at 10th E-cosse Stakeholder Forum

05 OCT 2015

The 10th E-cosse forum brought together nearly 60 experts from the public and private sectors to explore transformational policies, communication strategies and behaviour change initiatives to accelerate widespread adoption of plug-in vehicles in Scotland.

Organised by Urban Foresight and Transport Scotland, the forum was focused on good practice and key insights related to promoting awareness, confidence and positive attitudes.

The day saw insights from a range of speakers including Zak Tuck of Transport Scotland who used recent research to frame the policy context and Gary McRae from Dundee City Council who discussed the city’s bid to Go Ultra Low.

Mike Donald of Michelin explained how the company is working to provide employees with the necessary facilities to adopt electric vehicles whilst Chris Van der Kuyl, Chairman of 4J Studios, spoke about his personal experiences as an EV owner, the future EV marker and the potential role Dundee  could have at the forefront of this.

An overview of recent research into the attitudes towards EVs and what this might mean for future policy was discussed by Jillian Anable and Craig Morton from the University of Aberdeen and Nigel Holmes of the Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Assocation highlighted the work of the Scottish Transport Emissions Partnership (STEP) in raising awareness of air quality.

Neil Harrison discussed the lessons learned by the Scottish Government on EVs and running public awareness campaigns and Chris Ramsey drew on his experiences from Plug-in Adventures giving an overview of the success of different approaches to raising awareness.

Photos from the day can be viewed here and slides from the speakers’ presentations are available on the Downloads page.

Date Set for 10th E-cosse Stakeholder Forum

09 SEP 2015

The 10th E-cosse Stakeholder Forum will bring together experts from the public and private sectors to explore the transformational policies, communication strategies and behaviour change initiatives that will accelerate widespread adoption of plug-in vehicles in Scotland.

It will focus on good practice and key insights related to promoting awareness, confidence and positive attitudes.

Organised by Urban Foresight, in partnership with Transport Scotland, the forum will bring together a range of speakers from industry, academia, and government including Michelin, Dundee City Council, Aberdeen University and 4J Studios to explore communication strategies and effective behaviour change models.

A full agenda will be released shortly.

We hope that you can join us for what we are sure will be an informative and stimulating meeting.

There is no charge to attend, but places are limited so pleaseregisterearly.

Registration is available here.

E-cosse forums are intended to be interactive and collaborative events so there will be opportunities for Q&A, discussion and networking.

For any further queries relating to E-cosse Forum events please do not hesitate to get in touch via e-mail at hello@urbanforesight.org. To view content and further information on E-Cosse please click here.

£2.5 Million Loan Scheme to Help Scottish Motorists Purchase Plug-In Vehicles

15 AUG 2015

The Energy Saving Trust in Scotland is now offering interest-free loans of up to £50,000 to anyone looking to purchase a new electric or plug-in hybrid car or van.

The Electric Vehicle Loan is offered in addition to the UK Government’s Plug-in Vehicle Grant and can cover 100 per cent of the purchase price with a repayment period of up to six years. It is funded by the Scottish Government agency Transport Scotland.

Transport Minister Derek Mackay said: “Encouraging mass changeover to electric vehicles, from more polluting ones running on petrol or diesel, is a key to cleaner road transport in Scotland and a fundamental factor in achieving our ambitious climate change targets while also improving local air quality.

“Electric vehicles already offer large savings to drivers through reduced fuel and taxation costs and this fund will further encourage new buyers by addressing the current cost premium often cited as a barrier to making the switch.  I am pleased we are adding this incentive to the growing package of support measures for EVs outlined in the ‘Switched on Scotland’ policy roadmap.”

Harry Mayers, Head of New Services at the Energy Saving Trust said: “We’re seeing an increasing amount of interest in electric cars as the technology develops and the charging infrastructure continues to grow across Scotland.  This loan fund from Transport Scotland will help people to turn that interest into action and benefit from the long-term cost savings that electric cars offer.

“Electric cars cost around 3p per mile to run, compared with around 15p per mile for the average petrol car, and incur no road tax. They also help to reduce local air and noise pollution, contributing towards a greener, healthier Scotland.”

In addition, electric car drivers can still receive full grant funding for the installation of a charge point in their home through the ChargePlace Scotland programme, whilst the majority of public ChargePlace Scotland charging points are free to use.

The current UK Government Plug-In Car and Van Grant scheme offers grants of up to £5,000 for those buying a new electric car or up to £8,000 for a van, discounted at the point of purchase.

Businesses can also apply for an interest-free loan, of up to £100,000 for electric vehicles. All applications to the fund close on 31 March 2016.

For more information on how to apply for the loan, call Home Energy Scotland, Scottish Government’s free and impartial advice service, on 0808 808 2282 or visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/EVloan.

Public Sector Fleets Switch On to Electric Vehicles

27 FEB 2015

The Scottish Government is investing £2.5 million through the ‘Switched on Fleets’ initiative to reduce harmful emissions from Scotland’s public sector fleets.

Announced by the Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay the initiative is aimed at improving the green credentials of public sector fleets by increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road.

Over 200 electric vehicles are already in operation across Scottish Local Authorities contributing to the Scottish Government’s amibitious target to phase out all petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles by 2050.

This latest round of funding illustrates the Scottish Government’s commitment to Switched On Scotland: A Roadmap to Widespead Adoption of Plug-in Vehicles, by decreasing the number of fossil-fuelled vehicles within public sector fleets. The Roadmap has already seen over £17 million of investment since its launch in 2013, including the installation of over 600 publicly available charge points across Scotland and a further 200 in non-public locations such as council depots, workplaces and homes.

The Transport Minister Derek Mackay, said:

“I am delighted to be launching this new initiative which is providing expert analysis highlighting where electric vehicles can be most effectively introduced into fleets. We are also backing this analysis with £2.5 million of funding to enable councils and their partners to act by buying or leasing electric cars and vans.

“We are committed to freeing our towns, cities and communities from the damaging effects of petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles and Switched On Fleets takes us further down the road to achieving this. More electric vehicles on the roads is an important step in increasing awareness among drivers that there are viable alternatives to petrol and diesel cars.”

Colin Ferguson, CEO of Switched On Fleets partner, Route Monkey, said:
“Our evidence-based analysis for Switched On Fleets enables Councils to make informed choices on electric vehicle deployment, so that these vehicles deliver cost savings as well as environmental benefits. Working closely with the Energy Saving Trust , we can help Scotland’s public sector fleets remain at the forefront of electric vehicle adoption.”

Ian Murdoch, Energy Saving Trust, said:

“With the growing network of public chargers in Scotland, it’s now a really practical and cost-effective option to run an electric vehicle. Fuel costs for electric cars are approximately a fifth of the fuel costs for a petrol or diesel car – and they have the added bonus of producing no harmful exhaust emissions and significantly improving local air quality.

Most major manufacturers including Nissan, Renault, Volkswagen and BMW offer at least one electric option with the majority providing a typical range of up to 100 miles. There are also a number of plug-in hybrid models that offer extended range through an auxiliary petrol or diesel engine. Energy Saving Trust, funded by Transport Scotland, can provide free, impartial advice for businesses and consumers on which electric vehicle might suit your needs best.”