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Scottish Government grant to provide housing associations with EV car club schemes

Eight housing associations in Scotland are being provided with access to electric car clubs under a £510,000 investment from the Scottish Government.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson

The Plugged-in Households Grant Fund, which launched for the first time in October last year and is administered by the Energy Saving Trust, will support the housing associations to procure the services of car clubs, enabling staff as well as tenants and local residents to hire electric vehicles through social enterprise Co-wheels as well as LEAP, E-Cars and Enterprise.

Benefits for users include reduced membership and discount fees. The grant is also being used to provide financial support for housing associations to promote these new services locally, including in Aberdeenshire, Elgin, Fife, Glasgow, Midlothian, Paisley and Orkney.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “We have outlined a bold ambition to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032. Like all new technology, we anticipate that prices for electric vehicles will drop over time, however, the benefits for air quality are so profound that we are taking steps now to extend access across the country through this scheme and many others.”

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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.