Dundee buzzing after being named top city for electric transport

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Dundee's electric car charging points are the most used in the country.

Dundee is being held up as an example to other cities on how to roll out electric car infrastructure.

The city’s  electric vehicle charging points are the most used in all of Scotland, according to new figures.

A total of 76 charge points have been used at least once in 2017.

However, there is room for improvement as the stats show 11% of the points have not been used at all in that time.

Dundee has previously been commended for leading the way in environmentally-friendly travel, with Dundee City Council having more electric cars in its fleet than any other local authority in the country.

Meanwhile, estimates suggest that around 10% of all of Dundee’s taxis are electrically-powered.

City development convener  Lynne Short said: “I’m so proud that Dundee is so far ahead in this field.

“There has been a big push both politically and by council officers to achieve this.

“Council staff have really gone above and beyond their usual duties and have worked so hard.

“We are now getting e-mails from other local authorities in Scotland who want to emulate what we have done.”

The figures are revealed as part of RAC Foundation analysis of data collected by the ChargePlace Scotland network.

In Scotland as a whole, the use of electric vehicle charge points has increased by 43% in a year.

Eight of the top ten charge points — including the top three — were in Dundee.

The bulk of the charge points in the ChargePlace Scotland network are publicly accessible though some are located on private commercial premises and will have limited, if any, public availability.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Scotland may be on the cusp of a motoring revolution, but step-changes in electric vehicle technology must be matched by equally big strides in recharging infrastructure.

“It is pleasing to see the use rapid chargers are getting. But the stubbornly high number of charge points that get little or no use shows that we still need to think not just about the total amount of charging infrastructure but what type it is and where it is located.”