Council plans charge posts for electric cars

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have announced plans to develop the islands’ infrastructure to suport more electric cars.

Plans intend to see ten operational charging posts installed on the isles by March next year, in addition to charging posts at ports of entry.

The announcement coincides with a Highland and Island electric car tour, which aims to show that electric cars can be used just as effectively in rural areas as in cities.

Gayle Findlay, Manager of the Community Partnership Unit at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: “On behalf of the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partners, the Comhairle are working with the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland to extend the electric vehicle infrastructure throughout the Western Isles.

“Through CPP funding the Comhairle has procured two electric vehicles to be used in their fleet and it feels that this event fits in well with the Comhairle’s low carbon objectives, along with promoting awareness of electric vehicle usage within rural areas.”

The Electric Vehicle Tour of the Highlands took off from Inverness on October 18th travelling to Tain, Bonar Bridge, Glenelg, Kyle, Applecross and the Western Isles.

CEO, Colin Ferguson from Route Monkey, says: “Using technology, we can show that plug-in vehicles can work well regardless of topography or geography and where better to showcase this than the Highlands and Western Islands.”