As part of a project with Transport Scotland and Dundee City Council about making EV charging at existing EV chargepoints easier and quicker for older people and people with disabilities, we’re running a couple of trials to test prototypes on the 16th (all day) and 17th (a.m only) December at Princes St hub in Dundee.
We're keen for as many EV motorists as possible to trial the prototypes. We'll be asking people to simulate charging an EV using different protoype tools. It will take about 45 mins and we'll ask you questions about your current experience of charging and if/how the prototypes improve this.
If you'd like to be involved in shaping the accesssibility of EV chargepoints please get in touch. If you have accessibility requirements we'll aim to book you in at a time convenient to you, so we can make sure you're not waiting around in the cold. We will have hot drinks available for everyone.
“I love my new Nissan Leaf… the forward-thinking city council are at the forefront of the whole electric car revolution”
“Electric taxis always surprise our customers with how quiet they are. The switch from fuel to electricity has saved us thousands – and it’s clean too!”
There are now a total of 187 electric taxis operating in Dundee which is 25% of all taxis operating in the city.
“Electric vehicles have reduced the city’s cO2 levels by 987 tonnes so far (Sept 2017)”
Dundee City Council have 223 electric vehicles (and counting) in their fleet, the biggest of any UK local authority.
Gary McRae, Dundee City Council
“The excellent charging infrastructure in Dundee makes running an electric car very easy. I often plug in to one of the chargers in town, pop to the shops and my Nissan Leaf is fully charged by the time I’m done. I can’t wait to use the charging hubs that are planned across the city. The ability to park for free in the Dundee City Council car parks because my car has zero emissions is an added bonus.”
“We are now using an electric car since 2012 and will not go back to a petrol car. The drive is smooth, responsive and quiet. With Dundee getting better and better with chargers in several places, free parking in Council car parks, what’s not to like? The car has saved us money compared to the Ford Ka we had before, with currently over 90,000 miles, you can’t tell us it’s not used. Looking forward to the new charging hubs in Dundee.”
“EVs are over 60% cheaper to refuel than modern petrol and diesel cars and have only 1% of the moving components, so they’re really reliable. There are EVs that have clocked up over 174,000 miles in three years and only needed a ball bearing replaced. Switching to an EV from a 70mpg hybrid and charging it at home has saved me £500 per year on fuel and maintenance alone – double that if I only use Dundee’s free public charge points!”
Euan, Dundee University graduate
“Our two electric vans have completely transformed our business. Not only have they helped reduced our running costs, but they are much better for the environment and work well with the stop start style of driving that we do on our free pick-up and delivery service. The move over to electric vehicles has been extremely easy due to the excellent facilities for charging in the local Dundee area. We are even considering adding a third electric vehicle to our fleet.”