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Housing associations given access to grant funding for ULEV car clubs

A new £700,000 investment fund that will help ensure the set-up of electric and plug-in hybrids car clubs is launching under Transport Scotland.

Plugged-in Electric Car

Eligible housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland can bid for a share of the £700,000 of grant funding

Open for applications until 19 December, the fund is administered by Energy Saving Trust and will give an opportunity for not-for-profit housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland to apply for funding to procure the services of a zero emission car club vehicle, for use by their tenants and the wider local community.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Connectivity and Infrastructure Michael Matheson said: “The Scottish Government has an ambition to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032 and to do this we need to widen access to electric vehicles to communities across the nation.

“Plugged-in Households is an innovative way of doing this. It will give both housing association tenants and local residents the opportunity to access electric vehicles as they are required, instead of drivers having to buy vehicles out-right. It will also help address concerns around access to off-street charging infrastructure and the affordability of ULEVs.”

Workshops are taking place in Glasgow on 22 October, Edinburgh on 24 October and Inverness on 26 October for interested housing associations and cooperatives to attend and learn more.

Application forms and further information including eligibility criteria are available on the Energy Saving Trust website.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.