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Highland Council seeks views of Badenoch and Strathspey residents over electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, as part of wider efforts by the Scottish Government to create 20 electric towns and cities in Scotland by 2025

By Philip Murray

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Views are sought in a bid to boost electric car use and charging technology infrastructure in the Highlands. Picture: Gary Anthony.
Views are sought in a bid to boost electric car use and charging technology infrastructure in the Highlands. Picture: Gary Anthony.

EFFORTS to boost electric vehicle infrastructure and charging technology in the Highlands are in the works – and the council needs Strath residents' views to help with the moves.

Highland Council’s climate change team is urging people in the region to take part in a survey about their experience and knowledge of electric vehicles and associated charging technology.

Results of the online survey – which closes on Saturday, March 14 – will help inform feasibility studies that Transport Scotland has tasked the Energy Saving Trust with delivering for several Scottish councils.

Funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by the Energy Saving Trust, the “Switched on Towns and Cities” programme can provide Highland Council with a tailored feasibility study, exploring local measures for low carbon transport.

The programme is part of Scottish Government ambitions to create 20 electric towns and cities by 2025. It also supports Highland Council’s climate emergency declaration.

The council believes that, with the help of Highland residents, the study will help forecast local growth in plug-in vehicles and make recommendations for publicly accessible charge points.

Additionally, it is expected to highlight ways of encouraging more people to make use of low carbon transport options.

Cllr Trish Robertson, climate change working group chairwoman, said: “Highland Council needs your views and all it will take is 10 minutes of your time to complete the survey.

"The conclusions derived from the survey results will offer ideas for targeted future action required to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in the Highland area.

“We thank you in anticipation of your help and together we will drive Highland towards an electric future.”

The survey is online at https://response.questback.com/energysavingtrust/uzttro1jpc

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