Guildford Square EV charging point reported
Afraid I can’t provide a pic (but there is one provided in the story referenced below), but I was intrigued to see that the parking area in Bute’s Guildford Square had sprouted an electric vehicle charging point recently.
And in addition to that, a comment after the story tells of one at the Wemyss Bay ferry terminal too.
Bute’s first public charging point for electric vehicles has been installed in the centre of Rothesay – although it won’t be ready for use for several weeks.
The facility will make the prospect of owning and operating an electric vehicle much more attractive for residents of, and visitors to, the island – not least because of a 50 per cent fare discount which is applied to electric vehicles on CalMac’s Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry crossing.
That discount was introduced by the Scottish Government in September 2013 – though, as we pointed out at the time, it was rendered effectively useless by the lack of charging points for vehicles which tend to have a range of only 50 miles or so.
A Transport Scotland spokesperson confirmed that that (sic) 2013 discount scheme is still in place.
An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said the new equipment, provided with funding support from the same Transport Scotland, would be operational “in a matter of weeks”.
It is expected to take two hours to fully charge an electric vehicle at the new facility, though the council is also working towards installing ‘rapid charging points’ at other locations in Argyll and Bute.
The change may be incremental, but is happening despite the cries of the naysayers who seem to have some hatred of EVs.
I came across another new one a few days ago, by chance, in the outdoor parking space of new homes built in Glasgow’s Dalmarnock.
Might be time to wander around the list of those nearby, that one is not listed, and the last one I found had its guts removed when I passed it later (decommissioned, not vandalised).
Note for nit-pickers: I know EVs don’t use car batteries for power (pic at top of item), but I have to use copyright free images, and don’t have my own EV to take pics.