Funding boost for £2.2million electric vehicle hub at Castleview

Monday August 13th, 2018

Stirling is gearing up for the future with the announcement of a new £2.2milion investment that will create a state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging hub at Castleview.Government Opportunities

The innovative Park & Choose Hub at Castleview park and ride will use solar canopies covering 360 car parking bays to generate and store energy for the smart charging of 22 electric vehicles and e-bikes.

The funding comes as Scotland prepares to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 – eight years ahead of the rest of the UK.

And Scottish Government Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson, announced on Wednesday Aug 8 2018 that Stirling’s green energy travel Hub is one of nine initiatives nationwide to receive Transport Scotland funding.

Stirling Council’s Castleview Park & Choose Hub was successfully chosen to receive a £1.4milion grant. The rest of the £2.2million figure come from the local authority’s budget.

The money is part of just over £5.3million awarded to local authorities from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund.

Environment and Housing committee Convenor Cllr Jim Thomson believes the funding boost will help give Stirling a world class low carbon infrastructure.
Electric vehicle UK sales have soared from 3,500 in 2013 to more than 145,000 by April 2018.

The Scottish Government is committed to phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 and vowed to turn the 269-mile A9 into Scotland’s first fully electric-enabled highway.

Grants of up to £4,500 alongside interest-free loans are now available to encourage motorists to switch to electric.

Environmental campaigners Friends of the Earth claim air pollution is responsible for 2,500 early deaths each year in Scotland and 40,000 across the UK.

The Castleview Park & Choose Hub will support sustainable modes of transport including electric buses, electric taxis, electric car club cars and electric bikes.

The solar powered Hub will not only generate enough energy to power 22 charging bays.

The ambitious plans aim to create a lucrative revenue stream for the Council by exporting electricity back to the National Grid or potentially supplying surrounding sites including the Castle Business Park and Forth Valley College.

Environment and Housing committee Convenor Cllr Jim Thomson said:

“I’m pleased that this grant recognises Stirling’s ambitions as a forward-thinking Council with a commitment to developing a world class low carbon infrastructure for the benefit of future generations.

This investment puts Stirling at the forefront of the low carbon revolution and will encourage more drivers to go electric.

We are delighted that Transport Scotland has chosen Stirling Council’s Castleview Green Energy Transport Hub proposal to be awarded around £1.4million through the European Regional Development Fund.

Electric vehicles are the future and this exciting initiative ensures Stirling is at the heart of Scotland’s green charging travel infrastructure.

The Scottish Government has pledged to combat pollution by phasing out petrol and diesel cars by 2032 and this is an important step on the journey to achieving that.”

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