From July 2021 SWARCO will operate the ChargePlace national network as the back office operator enabling people to access over 1600 publicly available charge points across Scotland. The contract to run Scotland’s public electric vehicle charging network will be expected to run for a minimum of 2 years with the option to extend.
Following a smooth transition, the priority is to continue to improve ChargePlace Scotland’s reputation for reliability and accessibility for electric vehicle drivers across the country. The new contract will bring new jobs to Scotland, improved customer service and better performance information for users and owners and hosts. There will also be the opportunity to explore innovative new capabilities such as interoperability and pay-as-you-go options.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “I’m pleased that SWARCO will soon operate the ChargePlace Scotland network. They are already a trusted and valued partner in Scotland’s journey to net zero by providing much of the quality EV charging infrastructure that drivers use across the country. The development of EV infrastructure in our communities brings economic benefits right across Scotland – and it’s good to see that this contract with SWARCO will bring new jobs to Dundee at the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc – Scotland’s hub for net-zero innovation.”
“We share a passion and drive with the Scottish Government, the Local Authorities and the private sector who are responsible for building the network and are proud to have been actively involved with its development from the very beginning. Our charging technology has become the watchword for reliability and performance in a world that demands certainty, and our approach to smart charging through our e.Connect software solution will be at the heart of the ambition to build a truly world-class network,” said Justin Meyer, Managing Director for SWARCO eVolt.