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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.

Graph showing Scotland's transport emissions

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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.

2. EV ownership and charging infrastructure

There has been a dramatic increase from 3.2 % in 2019 to a staggering 22.2% of all new vehicle registrations in 2022. This means that more than 700,000 EVs are registered within the UK, around 30,000 of which in Scotland.

There are currently around 2,800 charge points across the country. 1,600 of which are part of the ChargePlace Scotland network, funded by Transport Scotland.

More information:


EV charge points in the UK per 100,000 people

Bar chart showing EV charge points in each constituent country and the UK as a whole

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3. Tourism and transport

The switch to EVs will mean a sizable impact to Scotland's emissions.

The vast majority (48%) of all visitors travelling to Scotland arrive by car. This includes either their own car, their friends’, their family’s or a hire car. Domestic visitors favour driving. 64% arrive of them by car, whereas only a quarter (24%) of European visitors do.

All those domestic drivers, will switch to EVs over the course of the next couple of decades.

EVs are also becoming more and more widespread on mainland Europe too. This is especially true for key visitor markets such as the Netherlands, Germany and France.

Offering EV charge points as part of your tourism business will thus be essential. It will also make your business more attractive to environmentally conscious travellers.

Travel to and around Scotland by car

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4. 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.

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.

Electric vehicle is charging
Electric vehicle is charging
Image credit Energy Saving Trust

5. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

6. External links

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

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