The first charge points installed as part of the Electric A9 scheme in Scotland have been made live, with the units added to the ChargePlace Scotland network and available at Skiach Services, near Inverness.
Two triple-header rapid charge points have been installed, alongside one 22 kW AC unit, to cover a range of charging needs. The tethered rapid allow for 50 kW DC charging on CCS and CHAdeMO connectors, or 43 kW Type 2 charging, while the 22 kW fast charger is untethered.
Aiming to create rapid EV charging infrastructure along one of Scotland’s key routes, the Electric A9 project will see rapid chargers installed from the north coast of the mainland, all the way to Edinburgh.
This charge point provision is intended to encourage EV use – both short- and long-distance – and supports Scotland’s planned ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars & vans by 2032.
ChargePlace Scotland already has more than 1,000 charge points – both fast and rapid – with over 2,200 connectors available.
Ellie Grebenik, Senior Programme Manager, Scottish Transport at Energy Saving Trust, said: “As the adoption of electric vehicles is becoming increasingly popular across both private and business use, having convenient charging infrastructure is key.
“The Electric A9 project further strengthens the national network of charge points that are vital in supporting the growing number of EV drivers in Scotland enjoying substantial fuel cost savings.”