Charging Ahead for Electric Vehicles

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Dundee’s Europe-leading drive to encourage more use of electric vehicles could be going up a gear.

The city development committee is being asked to approve works at the Greenmarket multi-storey car park to provide 10 charging bays offering 20 car charging opportunities on the roof level; this will be powered using solar canopies and second life batteries for storage.

Worth nearly £600,000, the project is funded by various sources primarily European Funding through Transport Scotland, Dundee City Council and the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

The city development committee will consider a tender from Swarco UK Ltd at a meeting on Monday December 10.

Dundee was recently named Europe’s most visionary city for work to promote the use of electric vehicles.

Councillor Lynne Short, convener of the city development committee, said: “This is an important milestone in Dundee’s ongoing journey to create a strong charging network for electric vehicles.

"Zero and low emission vehicles reduce cost and carbon emissions as well as improving air quality.

"Charging hubs have already opened in Lochee and Princes Street with a third in Broughty Ferry opening on 15th December, and this newest scheme is to encourage the use of EVs for commuters by day and residents by night.”

Councillor Alan Ross convener of Dundee City Council’s community safety and public protection committee said: “Dundee’s response to improving air quality is real and effective.

“These new charging facilities will encourage even more use of these environmentally-friendly vehicles and will help cut down on pollution."

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