Scottish councils plan £80m EV charging JV

A collection of public authorities in Scotland are seeking engagement with the private sector over the potential of establishing a joint venture or consortium to deliver electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the region.

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A prior information notice has been issued by Highland Council as the lead partner, in a collaboration with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils, which is seeking interest in an EV charging solution that will deliver “a fair, regionally focused, and accessible” network.

Valued at £80m, the plan envisages the three councils entering into a joint venture or consortium alongside delivery partners that would establish the charging infrastructure as well as “realise the commercial opportunity that this approach could provide”.

Agreement has also been made with Moray Council, Argyll & Bute Council, Western Isles Council, Orkney Islands Council, Shetland Isles Islands Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, HiTrans and NHS Highland to work collaboratively to the benefit of all in the region.

To find out more about the notice, click here. A contract notice for the scheme is expected to be published on 31 May 2023.