The Scottish government has announced a new £510,000 investment to promote the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) across the country. The new fund will be named the Plugged-in Households Grant Fund.
Promoting greener driving for Scots
Set to launch in October this year, the fund will promote a range of car sharing and ULEV options to communities across Aberdeenshire, Elgin, Fife, Glasgow, Midlothian, Paisley and Orkney.
It will allow individuals and organisations within these communities the opportunity to hire ULEVs when they require the use of a car, as well as providing funding for housing associations to promote the use of these services.
Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: “This scheme provides potential car sharing solutions to at least 100,000 homes so that more people, including housing association tenants, will now be able to experience the benefits of modern ultra-low emission vehicles.”
He went on to add that the new fund represents an “innovative project” to make “e-mobility more inclusive, accessible and affordable”. In addition, it will help to support communities and individuals who need access to transport, but who otherwise might not be able to afford it.
The scheme has received the backing of a number of high-profile bodies, including the Energy Saving Trust. It is hoped that upwards of 100,000 households will benefit from the launch of the new fund.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Supporting greener driving across Scotland is a great move by the government. Helping communities to access car sharing and ULEVs is a step in the right direction towards a cleaner future.”
Posted on 28th March 2019
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