North Ayrshire Council
The Scottish Government have committed to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030. Electric vehicles (EV) have several environmental benefits including no exhaust emissions and less air pollution; they are also cost efficient to run.
North Ayrshire Council (NAC) is committed to promoting the uptake of EV’s and developing a robust charging infrastructure. NAC currently hosts 28 publicly accessible EV charge points situated around the local authority area.
The Council’s first EV Strategy was introduced in May 2021 and by December 2025 the Council’s aspirational target is to have:
- One publicly accessible charge point for every nine plug-in vehicles (PiVs).
- 2% of the total number of vehicles registered in North Ayrshire to be PiVs.
- 80 workplace charge sockets (44 work-place chargers with varying number of outlets).
As a public body that plans for the long term, NAC is uniquely placed to play a significant role in the EV revolution. NAC declared a Climate Emergency in June 2019 and has committed to achieve net-zero carbon by 2030. EV’s will not only help in achieving this target, but also improve local air quality and therefore public health and wellbeing.
This is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits EV’s and the charging infrastructure that is available in the local areas.