RURAL communities are at risk of being left behind in Scotland’s electric vehicle revolution if vital infrastructure updates are not made, one of Britain’s largest energy firms has warned. Geographic equality of electric vehicle (EV) charge points could mirror the rollout of broadband, which left small towns and rural communities “lagging behind the rest of the country,” Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower,has said. Speaking to The Herald, Mr Anderson also said the industry regulator would need to take a “different path” when it comes to approving plans to update the electricity system, to ensure Scotland is ready for when consumer demand “flips” to plug-in vehicles. His comments come after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declared a climate emergency in Scotland and set the target to be a net zero country by 2045. The Scottish Government has also vowed to phase out all new petrol and diesel cars by 2032, and continues to grant funding to alternative car ownership schemes, such as electric vehicle car clubs. However, the number of EVs on Scotland’s roads has increased four times faster than the number of new charge points over the last four years, according to research by electrical safety charity Certsure.
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