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Shetland gets £72,000 charging point funding

Set to be located at the Belmont and Ulsta ferry terminals, Brae and Bixter Health Centres and with an additional undecided location on the south mainland, they join an existing network of chargers located around Lerwick.

Recharging will be offered for free on points activated before the 31st December, after which users will incur a small fee to cover maintenance, management and the cost of the electricity used, billed through the Charge Your Car scheme.

The Environment and Transport Committee is also planning to apply for funding of up to £40,000 to rent a fleet of up to three electric pool cars for use by Council staff, supported by an additional fast charging point at its Gremista Depot which won’t be available to the public.

These will enable the council to conduct a three-year trial to get a full picture of whole-life costs compared to fossil fuels, a calculation which will take battery replacement and energy generation into account.

Charged using electricity from the planned electricity station at Rova Head, the Council is predicting the cars would need to cover 33 miles per day, or 8,466 miles per year, to be financially viable.

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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