Funding applications are now open to social housing providers, third sector and community organisations who wish to use electric vehicle car clubs.
The Scottish Government funded scheme, delivered and managed through the Energy Saving Trust is open until 23rd August 2019.
The scheme which was successfully applied for by Orkney Housing Association in the first round has been extended to include Third Sector organisations. Orkney Benefits from EV Car Sharing Scheme
£500,000 is available for social housing providers and third sector organisations to allow tenants, local residents and staff access electric vehicles on demand through car share clubs. The scheme offers viable alternatives to car ownership and affordable access to modern ultra-low emission vehicles.
Michael Matheson, Scottish Government Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity said:
“This is an inclusive, innovative and progressive initiative, which gives people affordable access to the latest electric vehicles and offers a real alternative to costly car ownership.
“Ultra-low emission vehicles bring profound advantages in responding to the climate emergency and improving air quality – however, the solution cannot simply be more cars with zero emissions. We need to change behaviours and challenge beliefs that car ownership remains a necessity.”
To change the car culture funding is also being provided to improve walking and cycling routes.
Ellie Grebenik, Senior Programme Manager at Energy Saving Trust, said:
“Round two of Plugged-In Households grant funding will open up greater access to electric vehicles (EVs) across numerous Scottish housing association and third sector locations.
“The funding enables tenants, staff and the wider community to enjoy sustainable transport through local EV car clubs. “
To find out more information and to apply click on the link: Plugged-In Households Grant Fund