UHI Shetland - Open the door to your future
Sunday 21 July 2024
 12.2°C   WSW Moderate Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Council / SIC to carry out study on extending electric vehicle charging network

SHETLAND Islands Council has secured funding to carry out a feasibility study to explore how the local network of electric vehicle charging points can be extended.

The money has come from the Switched on Towns and Cities Challenge Fund, which aims to accelerate the transition of Scotland’s transport sector towards a low carbon future.

The council has already installed a number of government-funded EV charge points throughout Shetland and it is hoping to expand this network.

The local authority, however, said “where and what size of charge point” now needs some consideration.

Charging can be carried out overnight at home on cheap rate electricity by installing a grant-funded home charge point.

A local certified installer is available to carry out the work, and details of available grants can be obtained from the council.

Businesses, meanwhile, can also install charge points on their own premises for their own fleet – the council has already done so and says it would be happy to share that expertise.

Chairman of the council’s environment and transport committee Ryan Thomson said: “I would encourage anyone who is thinking of moving away from fossil fuelled vehicles to make their views known for this study.

“Individuals, as well as local transport and haulage networks, are being given an opportunity to feed information into government and to influence the strategy being developed.”

Anyone wishing to discuss their views on EV charging and have them included in the feasibility study should phone the SIC’s energy helpdesk on 01595 744179 or email mary.lisk@shetland.gov.uk.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.