Dundee City Council has been given a £1.8m boost to improve the city’s electric vehicles infrastructure.
The local authority has more electric cars than any other council in Britain and plans to build on its environmental credentials with a number of projects.
The funding, amounting to £1,860,000, is set to be used to develop three charging points in Dundee – one in the city centre and a further two in the outlying areas.
Part of the money is also earmarked for building charging points for electric vehicle commuters based in surrounding council areas.
Will Dawson convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “We are already leading the way in our use and encouragement of low and zero emission vehicles in the city.
“These additional vehicles will continue on that journey to helping to improve the environment for the people of Dundee.
“I am pleased to see that our example as a council is encouraging other public bodies and private individuals to buy and use electric vehicles which are now a real practical alternative to those driven by fossil fuels.
“The charging network that the council has played a part in providing is helping to boost the use of such vehicles.”
The council were given the funding after successfully bidding to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) under their Go Ultra Low City Scheme.
The local authority then received a grant letter from OLEV in March confirming the award, followed by post-grant negotiations between OLEV and corporate fleet section officers in order to discuss details of the projects.
Dundee City Council has around 40 electric vehicles and has been praised for its environmentally friendly approach.
It is hoped the investment in electric vehicles will help improve the air quality in the city, which has two roads named among the most polluted in the Scotland.