Electric vehicles receive Ayrshire boost

Local SNP MSP Adam Ingram has welcomed the announcement of funding from the SNP Government to promote the use of low carbon vehicles in South Ayrshire.

South Ayrshire Council will receive £47,000 for infrastructure and £78,000 in vehicle funding allocations.

This announcement, will help towards Scotland’s target of cutting emissions by 42% by 2020, and builds on over £4.3 million made available last year to local authorities who received funding to help to replace conventionally-powered vehicles with low carbon alternatives.

Commenting on the announcement Mr Ingram said: “The Scottish Government has set world leading targets to cut emissions and tackle climate change, so it is vital that funding like this is made available to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles and help develop a network of charging points.

“This extra funding will allow South Ayrshire Council and the community planning partners to bridge the gap between the cost of petrol or diesel powered vehicles and their electric powered equivalents, and help drive down air-polluting emissions.

“This announcement builds on the good work carried out as a direct result of funding announced last year which has enabled Scotland’s public services to purchase 145 low carbon vehicles, including cars, vans and even street sweepers, and install 74 charging points across the country. This work will pave the way for the future uptake of electric vehicles amongst the general public.

“This exciting scheme has the potential to support Scottish companies at the forefront of electric vehicle production.”