Electric vehicle strategy for Scotland’s Highlands and Islands

HITRANS EV Strategy and Action Plan

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What are the opportunities to increase electric vehicle adoption in remote and rural communities?

Urban Foresight was commissioned by the Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS) in Scotland to produce an EV strategy and Action Plan with the ambition for the region to be at the forefront of achieving national commitments for low emission transport, as well as delivering social, economic and environmental benefits to communities across the region.

The strategy seeks to be an exemplar for how a transition to a low carbon transport system can be achieved in rural communities.

With national targets for EV looking ahead to 2032 and beyond this strategy had to be forward thinking, to future proof infrastructure investment. The strategy therefore included anticipations and forecasts of future market and technology trends, including:

  • Engagement with over 30 multi-sector stakeholders across the region
  • Analysis and forecasting of the region’s EV usage over a 6-month period
  • UK EV tariff analysis and recommendations for the region
  • EV performance trends
  • Charging infrastructure and changing requirements for grid connectivity
  • GIS illustration
  • Representation at the Scottish Transport Application and Research (STAR) Conference, Glasgow (2018)

Sector Expertise

Bottom-up understanding of the needs and motivations of citizens, as well as engaging with communities to inspire positive actions and behaviours 

How new technologies and business models are transforming the way people and goods are transported to create better connected, healthier and more sustainable cities 

Maximising the opportunities for employment and wealth creation and helping to establish the necessary governance, policy and capital funding to make this possible 

What We Delivered

Defining commercial opportunities and the underlying economic impacts of a project 

Professional engagement with relevant stakeholders and experts to uncover key insights and identify shared priorities 

Defining key stakeholders, determining their priorities and defining their relationship to a client or project 

We reimagine services in order to create new economic value and meet customer needs in new ways.