The ChargePlace Scotland Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure Scheme has provided more than 208,000 electric vehicle charging sessions since January 2013, with over 145,000 conducted so far this calendar year, delivering 907,000 kilowatt hours of electricity in charging, equivalent to 3.4 million EV miles traveled (based on a car battery of 21 kWh and a range of 80 miles).
ChargePlace Scotland Facts and Figures 2013-2015
From a small base of 3,500 Plug-In Hybrid and Electric cars registered within the UK Government Plug-in Car and Van grant scheme in 2013, ULEV registrations have grown to over 46,000 by January 2016, with 50% of the total registered in 2015. Monthly ULEV registrations have grown from around 500 in 2014 to a monthly average pf 2,400 in 2015 reaching over 3,000 registered in December, pushing ULEV registrations over 1% of new car registrations. The expectation is that the ULEV share of the 2 million+ new car market will continue to grow.
ULEV are increasingly seen as cost effective propositions by private and commercial drivers seeking increased fuel efficiency and lower maintenance costs, encouraged by policy incentives from ambitious Government targets for lowering carbon from transportation, improving air quality and supporting the UK automobile industry in developing cleaner transport technology. The UK is now the fourth largest market for EVs in the world and the fastest growing in Europe. Public charging infrastructure including the ChargePlace Scotland scheme will help this growth and match the rapidly increasing demand for EV charging.
ChargePlace Scotland, currently operated by Charge Your car (CYC), was formed in 2012 by Transport Scotland in conjunction with the UK Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles, helping to facilitate the growth in electric vehicle ownership in Scotland.
The graph below shows the amount of power consumed each year since 2013, demonstrating a dramatic year on year increase: