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New vehicle charging points give rural Stirling an extra spark

Wednesday 19 February 2020
Three rural locations across Stirling have received an extra spark thanks to the switch on of 12 new electric vehicle charging points.
Rural Stirling EV Chargers

Balfron, Killearn and Strathyre will all benefit from new charging bays, helping ensure Stirling is a leader in sustainable transport and putting the region at the heart of Scotland’s green charging travel infrastructure.

The charging points, which will provide EV charging for those on long distance journeys as well as local residents and businesses, will be located at:

  • Co-op car park, Buchanan St, Balfron - Two rapid charging bays and two fast charging bays.
  • Balfron Road car park, Killearn - Four fast charging bays.
  • Strathyre Main St car park - Four fast charging bays.
Expanding the Council's green infrastructure

The new chargers are in addition to eight recently installed in Dunblane as part of the Electric A9 project, which included four rapid charging bays for charging “on the go”, and four slow charging bays for longer stays.

In addition, two rapid charging bays are awaiting commissioning at Station Road Car Park, Callander, which will add to the existing two fast charging bays at this location.

The new chargers increase the Council’s network to 55 charging bays across Stirling.

Driving Stirling forward

Convenor of Stirling Council’s Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Jim Thomson, said: “Projects like this are proof of our determination to address the climate emergency. We want to provide opportunities for drivers across the entire Stirling area to go electric. These new charging points offer commuters, whether they live in, work in or are visiting some of Stirling’s most beautiful rural locations, the perfect opportunity to travel while also helping protect the environment.”

Vice Convenor, Councillor Danny Gibson, said: “As a Council we have declared a climate emergency, reaffirming our commitment to tackling climate change and reducing carbon emissions. By placing these new chargers in locations throughout rural Stirling we are delivering on our pledge to expand our green charging travel infrastructure, as well as helping fulfil the bold ambitions we have set to reduce carbon consumption.”

Balfron

Chair of Balfron Community Council, Colin Cameron said: “Balfron Community Council is delighted to have encouraged the siting of the EV chargers in the public car park. This is an important first step towards building a village that is responsive to global issues on a local scale.

“With recent announcements regarding the phasing out of new petrol/diesel car sales by both the UK and Scottish Governments, the need to enable change to greener, more sustainable transport is greater than ever and these chargers represent our ambition as a community council to help residents make this change for the benefit of all.”

Killearn

Organiser of the Sustainable Killearn Group, Adam Hollis, said: “Local residents are very supportive of more charging units being installed as they see this as an important step to making Killearn more sustainable. We appreciate the help of Stirling Council in getting these new charging units installed and hope these will be the first of many that will make the region a leader in offering an excellent sustainable transport infrastructure.”

Strathyre

Director of Smart Village Scotland and Smart Village Strathyre, Kenny Higgins, said: “The new EV chargers in Strathyre are an excellent addition to Stirling’s green charging infrastructure that will provide more opportunities for people in rural areas to use sustainable transport. These new fast charging bays will not only benefit the residents of Strathyre but also the people of Stirling and travellers from around Scotland, and we are grateful for the help provided by Stirling Council to deliver these important new EV points.”

Council gearing up to be a leader in sustainable transport

Among the scheduled initiatives Stirling Council has planned to supercharge its eco-credentials is the purchase of 46 electric vehicles and installation of over 100 charging bays, funded through a £2.2 million award from the Scottish Government’s Switched on Towns and Cities Challenge Fund.

During the past year the Council has invested around £800K to install electric vehicle chargers in a variety of locations across Stirling, which includes new substations at Forthside and Castleview, as part of a commitment to developing a world class low carbon infrastructure for the benefit of future generations.

A further £1.5 million will also be invested to create Europe’s largest electric vehicle charging hub at Castleview Park and Ride. Delivered by the end of 2020, it will see the installation of solar canopies and a major battery storage system with up to 60+ charge points.