ECCI launches first car sharing electric vehicle for Edinburgh & Glasgow

25 April 2014

 

Minister for Transport Keith Brown announces two years further funding for 'Developing Car Clubs in Scotland' programme

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation today launched the first car sharing club electric vehicle in the Central Belt based at ECCI’s award winning low carbon site in the city’s Old Town.

Minister for Transport Keith Brown, who will officially launch the vehicle, will also announce two more years of funding for the 'Developing Car Clubs in Scotland' programme – one of the major goals of which is to increase electric vehicles.

City Car Club, the car-sharing club behind the launch, also has advanced plans for three more electric vehicles in the area with two in Glasgow and one more in Edinburgh expected in the very near future.

In keeping with ECCI's high standards of sustainability, the Centre has partnered with the University of Edinburgh to install four electrical vehicle-charging points on site.

The Centre will monitor the use and attitudes towards EV to inform and encourage a move to low carbon lifestyles among visitors, staff and students.

The launch is the culmination of a partnership and investment from City of Edinburgh Council, University of Edinburgh and Transport Scotland via the Plugged in Places project. 

Through the PiP Project, working with Partnership agencies - Edinburgh University, Queen Margaret University, NHS Lothian and Police Scotland - the number of publicly accessible charging points available in Edinburgh will increase to 30, at 14 different sites. This will include rapid charge units at Ingliston Park and Ride site and Russell Road Depot; these will be capable of charging most electric vehicles from zero to 80% charge in 25 minutes. The aim of the PiP funding is to support the establishment of an electric vehicle charging network across the whole of Scotland.

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation brings together experts from business, Government and academia to innovate and solve the complex problems associated with the transition to a low carbon future.

Just awarded the Edinburgh Architectural Association Building of the Year Award, ECCI's home, formerly Edinburgh’s historic Old High School, is a state of the art, energy efficient hub for knowledge, innovation and skills. The unique building is the first refurbished building in the UK to achieve the industry sustainability ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ award at design stage. The Centre will have to wait a further six months for the construction phase assessment.

The University of Edinburgh estimates 30% of its Carbon Footprint is from the travel undertaken by its staff, students and visitors.

EV Infrastructure in Edinburgh

In October 2012 Transport Scotland allocated the Edinburgh Partnership – led by the City of Edinburgh Council - £120k Plugged in Places (PiP) funding to install publically accessible electric vehicle charging points. A further £140K was allocated to the Edinburgh Partnership during in 2013.

Through the PiP Project, working with Partnership agencies - Edinburgh University, Queen Margaret University, NHS Lothian and Police Scotland - the number of publicly accessible charging points available in Edinburgh will increase to 30, at 14 different sites. This will include rapid charge units at Ingliston Park and Ride site and Russell Road Depot; these will be capable of charging most electric vehicles from zero to 80% charge in 25 minutes. The aim of the PiP funding is to support the establishment of an electric vehicle charging network across the whole of Scotland.