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Highlands in top 10 for electric car recharging points

By John Davidson

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An electric car charging point beside the bus station in Inverness – just one of many across the Highlands.
An electric car charging point beside the bus station in Inverness – just one of many across the Highlands.

The Highlands is among the top places in the UK for electric vehicle charging points, according to a new study.

Research from comparethemarket.com looked at how many public charging points there are for every 100 electric cars in each local authority.

Outside of London, Highland came in at number 10 in the areas with the highest concentration of charging points – the highest in Scotland.

Its research showed that there are 125 public recharging points in the region, including 52 rapid chargers. With 410 EVs registered in Highland, that equates to 30.5 charging points per 100 vehicles.

Dan Hutson, head of motor insurance at comparethemarket.com, said: “It’s surprising to see that Highland is in the top 10, with such a disparate population. But, with 30.5 charging devices per 100 cars, Highland is one of the leading areas of the UK when it comes to emission-free vehicles.

“Highland benefits from a number of initiatives that aim to encourage as many people to invest in electric vehicles as possible. One example is the Local Electric Vehicle Energy Loop (Level) – supported by Scottish and Southern Electricity Network – which is an 18-month project to improve the network and charging resilience to meet short-term demand, as well as developing the standard of portable EV charging devices.

“Initiatives such as these will help areas such as Highland to keep the number of electric vehicle charging points per car high, and help the government meet the 2035 switch to zero-emission vehicles.”

Outside of London, Christchurch in Dorset came top in the poll, with 85.5 devices per 100 cars, though it had only 131 registered vehicles.

The next highest in Scotland was Dumfries and Galloway, which had 27.2 chargers per 100 vehicles, with 213 registered.

To see the full results, visit www.comparethemarket.com/car-insurance/content/uk-ev-charging-hotspots

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