Edinburgh plans 500 more charging stations for electric vehicles

There will also be a revision of some aspects of the City of Edinburgh Council’s regulations regarding maximum stays and issues with ‘enforcing overnight stays’ following calls from drivers.

Council and the Scottish Futures Trust are developing a business case to facilitate access to finance to install more chargers.

Forecast work has shown that around 500 additional chargers would be needed to reach an extensive network of public charging points.

An update from the committee also included a new enforcement and tariff rule agreed as part of next year’s budget setting process to ensure tariffs cover recent increases in electricity costs.

The council said that “in response to feedback from residents, changes have also been made to extend the maximum dwell time for fast chargers and to remove night enforcement for fast chargers”.

The council also said in its report: “There are some ongoing operational issues with the newly installed 50kW fast chargers and officials are working closely with BP Pulse, ChargePlace Scotland and Transport Scotland to resolve these issues as quickly as possible. ”

Scott Arthur, Convener for Transport and Environment, said: “We need to ensure that our tariffs are set in a way that allows us to continue to provide the service and the new structure does that.

“The review is also responding to customer feedback with enforcement changes and some maximum stay times that will make the chargers easier to use.”

Shares of STV are down more than 2.5% in early trading this morning after the broadcaster signaled a gloomy short-term outlook for the advertising market.

The Glasgow-based company reported that total advertising revenue for the year ended 31 December fell 2% to £110m amid the “uncertain economic climate” and subsequently fell 15% in the first quarter of 2023.

An Icelandic low-cost airline has launched new flights from Iceland and the US to Scotland.

PLAY Airlines has confirmed that it will operate a route between Keflavik Airport and Glasgow International Airport.

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