Local Authorities and private providers throughout Scotland are being called to signpost all electric vehicle charge points as a matter of urgency, allowing easier access for the increasing numbers of EV owners now on the roads.
Concerns over the number of (Complaints / enquiries) received by EVA Scotland about the lack of proper signposting of where charge points are located have increased.
Neil McLennan, a director of EVA Scotland said: “It is clear that EV owners are finding it difficult to locate exactly where many charge points are situated…an App and a Map on a mobile phone is not enough. It should not be assumed that all EV owners have mobile phones or internet access and therefore, clear and accurate signage on roads approaching charge points / stations is essential.
“Electric vehicles are now firmly established in the mainstream of Scottish motoring with sales rising rapidly over the last 12 months. Most of the country’s Local Authorities and other EV charge point operators have reacted positively, responding by increasing the installation of charge points across the country,”
EVA Scotland says it welcomes the efforts of Transport Scotland, Local Authorities and private EV charge point providers to accelerate their installation programmes.
Mr McLennan added: “The Scottish government, in its recent ‘Vision’ statement, promised to vastly increase the number of charge points across the country but all of these need to be properly signposted to help drivers find them.
“Currently there are over 2,500 EV charge points installed across Scotland and the numbers are increasing at a rate of approximately 400 every month. This is encouraging however, these must be accurately signposted.
“We have been in discussion with a number of Scotland’s local authorities and charge point operators on this issue. Now, it is essential that adequate on-the-road signage is put in place for every charge point in every location throughout Scotland.”