THE revolution is coming and it is silent, so you’d better watch out when crossing the road. It would appear that the world is at last waking up to electric vehicles.
Norway has achieved the almost impossible, consensus between the four political parties, by agreeing to completely ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2025.
In a country with a broadly similar population to Scotland, that is no minor “tick in a box” concession to the green lobby. The ban will require a massive investment in public charging infrastructure, something Norway is prepared to deal with.
Critics are already queueing up to talk about the environmental impact of electric cars and the lithium ion extraction process that is necessary to feed current battery technology.
In the face of environmental and health challenges, it’s easy for governments to sit on their metaphorical hands and do nothing.
The Scandinavian country has long been the most prolific user of electric cars in Europe and are matching political ambition with delivery. Norway is being bold and putting it’s citizen’s health first and I applaud it.
In a similar vein, the Scottish Government, through the Energy Saving Trust, are making a significant investment in electric vehicles with a funding boost.
About £7.8million is being made available, interest-free, through the Low Carbon Transport Loan Fund, to help businesses and consumers reduce their transport emissions.
Individuals can apply for a loan of up to £35,000, while businesses can access up to £100,000. The loan can be repaid over a period of up to six years. More information is available from the trust on 0808 808 2282.
The new Scottish Government Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousaf, announced the increased funding.
He said: “Making the switch to electric enables businesses and individuals to make a direct contribution to local air quality, while also improving the health and wellbeing of our communities.”
It’s good to see Scotland leading the way to a cleaner driving future. We will all breathe easier as a result.