Scotland Goes Japanese, Government Funds Charging Points Every 50 Miles


Many More Places Coming For The Vauxhall Ampera To Get A Charge In Scotland

Many More Places Coming For The Vauxhall Ampera To Get A Charge In Scotland

Electric cars, along with their plug-in hybrid counterparts are best suited for small, densely populated areas; like islands or tiny countries.

The perfect example of this would be Japan, a country that is only 145,000 square miles, with 126 million people crammed onto it (873 per mile) and has a maximum width of about 140 miles.   These demographics are something that Japan has taken full advantage of, with 1,381 public fast chargers alone; level 2 stations number in the tens of thousands.

Now Scotland sees electric cars, and the Japanese model as the future, by setting aside £2.6m ($4.1 million USD) to place charging stations at least every 50 miles on all major roads in the country.

Home Charge Points (Like The One Seen Here With A Renault Fluence ZE) Are Eligible For Full Reimbursement By Scottish Government

Home Charge Points (Like The One Seen Here With A Renault Fluence ZE) Are Eligible For Full Reimbursement By Scottish Government

And while $4.1 million does not seem like a huge investment, that money goes a lot further in a place like Scotland than in Japan, or even the US for that matter.  Scotland is only a quarter the size of Japan at approximately 30,000 square miles, and has a maximum width of 155 miles.

To keep those figures in context, the United States is 9,629,000 square miles, and is 3,400 miles at its maximum width, roughly 320 times the size.  It would take $1.3 billion dollars to achieve an equal level of national coverage in the US.

The Scottish government hopes this will play a big part in the “decarbonisation” of their roads, a goal they have set for 2050.

Possibly Scottish Minister Keith Brown, We Are Not Sure

Possibly Scottish Minister Keith Brown, We Are Not Sure

“I look forward to the day when the only vehicles on Scotland’s roads are electric vehicles, and this funding will be a massive step towards that vision.”

“The move to EVs is good for our environment, helping to cut carbon emissions and reduce noise pollution, and will also benefit drivers who will be pleased to hear about the cheaper running costs. You can get from Edinburgh to Glasgow on a single charge for around £1.50 ($2.37 USD) and right now electric vehicles are exempt from road tax.” – Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown

In addition to this program, residents can also apply and receive 100% compensation for a home charging station and its installation, as well as receive up to a £5,000 ($7,900 USD) grant off a plug-in vehicle purchase, provided the car can travel 70 miles and has a top speed of at least 60mph.  The rebate is also deducted at point of sale, so all citizens can qualify, and there is no waiting for tax time to be reimbursed.

Through the end of 2012, 3,021 claims have been made through the Plug-in Car Grant scheme.


Category: Charging

17 responses to "Scotland Goes Japanese, Government Funds Charging Points Every 50 Miles"
  1. Herm says:

    Slow chargers I assume?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Yes, level 2s

  2. evnow says:

    Japan actually has DCQC every 15 miles (125 sq miles).

  3. ClarksonCote says:

    $7900 credit for vehicles that travel at least 60 miles. Does that include the Volt, or do these 60 miles have to be all on electricity?

    1. statik says:

      Its simply 70 miles of range and 60 mph. The Volt/Ampera do qualify.

      1. ClarksonCote says:

        Well that’s interesting, I wonder if Volt sales will increase there as a result? That’s quite a decent sized credit!

  4. Herm says:

    I think those are metric or imperial miles I think

  5. shawn marshall says:


  6. James says:

    Makes me proud to have Scottish blood runnin’ through my veins!

    When government gets it right ( well, we know the no road tax part is
    temporary ), we all benefit greatly. When one or two Eurpean countrys
    step out and prove a point like this – I believe there’ll be a domino effect.

    I wonder how long it’ll take for a critical mass point to be reached and
    western Europe just goes all-out EV? It only makes sense with the
    horrendous fuel prices they pay.

    If the Europe EV market explodes, how will the U.S. justify their snail’s
    pace, or a Republican administration in the future convince millions of
    Americans that oil is the right way to continue?

    Point of purchase EV rebate – ABSOLUTELY!

  7. Herm says:

    Just wait until the Middle East goes belly up in sectarian revolution.. the European governments are not going to cut back those fuel taxes

  8. Bonaire says:

    Philadelphia, here, is not Scottish. It’s Crrrrap! when it comes down to charging stations. Including the wealthier suburban areas west of the city. The city really isn’t geared toward EVs at this time.

  9. Cavaron says:

    Which comedian is on the pic?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Its Mike Myers playing a Scottish father, of the “…if its not Scottish, its crap” fame:

      From the comedy, “So I Married An Axe Murderer”

      1. James says:

        That movie is one of my all time faves! I recommend it to anyone
        in need of a multitude of belly laughs!

        1. Jay Cole says:

          It is under-rated for what it is (imo), glad someone got the reference. I was thinking when I was uploading it that it might be too obscure, (=

          1. kdawg says:

            “You know, Scotland has its own martial arts. Yeah, it’s called F**k You. It’s mostly just head butting and then kicking people when they’re on the ground.”

            What’s funny is when I watch that movie now, all I hear is Shrek.

        2. James says:

          I’m glad you didn’t pull up the giant baby eatin’ piper from
          Austin Powers….” GET IN MY BELLY!”… lol