Scotland’s largest electric vehicle charging station has officially opened in the heart of the Central Belt.
The new £1.4 million facility, located at the Falkirk Stadium, has the capacity to charge 26 electric vehicles at any one time – 30% more than the second-largest EV charging station in Scotland.
Located just three minutes from the M9, the new electric vehicle station will be a key charging destination for local electric vehicle users, as well as those travelling on motorway routes across Scotland.
Officially opened yesterday by Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, the station brings the number of charging bays in the Falkirk and Grangemouth area to 68, an increase of almost 70%.
Funding for the new project has come from Falkirk Council and the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund through Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund.
“By delivering the largest electric vehicle charging hub in Scotland, Falkirk Council has demonstrated their commitment to Scotland’s net-zero vision,” Matheson said.
“I am pleased we’ve been able to support their leadership through our Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund, which has helped finance this impressive charging hub here at Falkirk Stadium through the European Regional Development Fund,” he added.
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The new charging station will also generate over 30% of the required energy to power the facility from its own solar panel canopy.
Made up of nearly 1300 solar panels covering an area of 2000sqm, the station will save 75 tonnes of carbon per year and serve hundreds of vehicles.
Councillor Paul Garner, Falkirk Council’s spokesperson for the Environment, said the new hub marks a significant step forward for EV infrastructure and will play a key role in cutting carbon emissions.
“The Falkirk and Grangemouth area is committed to a move towards a Net Zero carbon future and this major investment by Falkirk Council and Transport Scotland to create Scotland’s largest EV station demonstrates not only the local area’s determination to drive down carbon emissions but also reflects positively on Scotland’s national commitment,” he said.
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The Falkirk and Grangemouth area is home to some of Scotland’s most important economic sectors – chemicals, petrochemicals, logistics and tourism – and is a major contributor to the Scottish economy through the INEOS oil refinery and petrochemical plant.
“As well as being at the heart of the chemicals, petrochemicals and logistics sectors in Scotland, the Falkirk and Grangemouth area is Scotland’s fastest-growing tourism area. We have seen an increase of over 50% in visitor numbers since 2009 and a 20% increase in employment,” Garner added.