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Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust hails new electric vehicle charging point; funded through Transport Scotland, the charge point plugs a gap in the network between Glenshiel and Broadford


By Philip Murray


Sandy Murray was the first customer.
Sandy Murray was the first customer.

A ‘GAP’ in the electric vehicle charging network in Wester Ross has been plugged – and a community trust is hopeful it will encourage more eco-minded motorists and tourists.

A new electric vehicle charging point has been installed at the old Toll Office car park in Kyle of Lochalsh.

And the Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust (KLCT), which received funds from Transport Scotland and the Energy Saving Trust to carry out the installation, believes it will be a big community asset.

Pam Noble, the chairwoman of KLCT, said: “We’re pleased to be able to add another charging point to the existing limited but growing network. This facility fills a gap between charging points in Glenshiel and Broadford and will hopefully encourage more people to consider investing in an electric car.”

Jo Wawrzyczek, the Development Officer at KLCT, added: “The car charging point was identified by our community as an important project in our Masterplan for the Plock. The charging point is located in the car park at our office – the former Skye Bridge Toll Office. The charger has a quick charge option, circa 20 minutes, and a slower option of approximately two hours.

“Users will therefore have time to pop into the Kyle village which is only few minutes away by foot or explore the Plock’s beautiful natural heritage, including our viewpoint which has magnificent views.”

Organisations can apply for grant support to install publicly-available charging infrastructure through Transport Scotland’s ChargePlace Scotland programme.

Home-owners who own or use an electric or plug-in car can also apply for grant support towards the installation of a home charging unit.

To find out more about electric vehicles, or for details on funding visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/domestic/improving-my-travel



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