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Electric vehicles are growing in popularity due to their lower running costs. They're also a crucial step in de-carbonising transport systems and improving air quality. They also contribute towards Scotland's climate target of net zero emissions by 2045.

Learn about rise of electric vehicles and the benefits of installing EV charge points. Learn how your business can adapt and read our frequently asked questions

1. Climate change and transport emissions

The Scottish Government has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2045. The largest contributor of Scotland's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is transport. According to the latest figures from 2018, transport accounted for 36% of total emissions.

The UK and Scottish Governments have committed to phasing out polluting vehicles.

  • From 2030, a ban on the sale of vehicles with an internal combustion engine will come into effect
  • From 2035, a ban on the sale of hybrid cars and vans will follow

Transport Scotland estimates that between 500,000 and 1 million EVs will be on Scotland’s roads by 2030. This will require approximately 30,000 charge points.

Scotland’s infrastructure optimisation and grants will total £1.8 billion. The UK Government has also committed nearly £500 million in funding to support 169,000 jobs nationally.

Graph showing Scotland's transport emissions


Read the full Net Zero Scotland guide

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2. EV ownership and charging infrastructure

Take a look at the latest statistics around electric vehicle ownership and charge points in Scotland.

Browse more electric vehicle insights on the UK government website.

Read Transport Scotland's latest EV charging device statistics

Rise of the electric car


of new car registrations in 2023 are electric


electric vehicles are on the roads in the UK


of Scotland residents are interested in changing to hybrid/electric vehicles


EV charging points located across Scotland


increase in total number of charge points in the UK since June 2022

Source: Zapmap (June 2023)

3. Business benefits of installing a charge point

We expect an increased number of visitors travelling to and around Scotland in EVs. Electric vehicles will become more and more mainstream in domestic and international markets.

The country should see demand increase for easily accessible EV charge points. This makes them a more frequently searched for and requested facility.

This provides a great opportunity for tourism businesses to include EV charging in their offering. You can either provide them yourself or inform visitors of the nearest charge point.

electric vehicle plugged into ev charge pointElectric vehicle plugged into EV charge point

Business benefits of installing a charge point:

  • Attract customers

    You could attract a specific customer target market that businesses without an EV charge point cannot reach.

  • Longer stays

    It could lead to your visitors staying longer. For example, as EV users are charging their car, they may come into your business or stay longer and spend more money in your cafe as they wait.

  • Green credentials

    You improve your own green credentials.

  • Sustainable customers

    You make it easier for customers to go green.

  • Futureproof

    You can help to futureproof your business and Scottish tourism.

4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

5. External links

Please check out these five websites for more info on EVs and EV charge points:

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