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Scotland expands EV ambitions

Feb. 7, 2013 at 6:00 AM   |   Comments

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The Scottish government announced plans to invest $4 million in infrastructure meant to support the use of electric vehicles.

Edinburgh said it was investing the money to build charging stations for electric vehicles in areas ranging from public parking facilities to ferry terminals. The proposal envisions the installation of public charging outlets within a 50-mile radius of most commuters.

The government said the program is meant to push Scotland to the forefront of a low-carbon campaign. The country has some of the most ambitious renewable energy and emissions schemes in the world.

Transport Minister Keith Brown, in a statement, said the EV program is revolutionary.

"I look forward to the day when the only vehicles on Scotland's roads are electric vehicles, and this funding will be a massive step toward that vision," he said.

Scotland has around 270 low-carbon vehicles deployed in its public services fleet. It's invested more than $12.5 million on EV and associated infrastructure in the past two years.

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