Scotland's Low Carbon Roadmap Looks to Emissions-Free Transport by 2050

16 Sep 2013

Transport Scotland report cover‘Switched On Scotland: A Roadmap to Widespread Adoption of Plug-in Vehicles’ was published on 12th September 2013 setting out a vision that by 2050, Scotland’s towns, cities and communities will be free from the damaging effects of petrol and diesel fumes. 

This Roadmap is motivated by Scotland’s world-leading climate change targets and commitments to improve local air quality and noise pollution. The potential economic opportunities and the contribution of plug-in vehicles to Scotland’s renewable energy targets are also recognised. The document has been produced by the Scottish Government in partnership with experts from industry, academia and environmental bodies and sets out the plan to drive forward the uptake of electric vehicles in Scotland.  

The Roadmap also recognises the use of hydrogen fuel cells to power electric vehicles has huge potential to cut CO2 emissions, with the only tailpipe emission being water vapour. They also have the benefit of greater range than pure battery EVs.  The creation of hydrogen from water, using Scotland's plentiful renewable energy resources will also be beneficial to the energy sector, as a means of storing energy at times of low demand, and in helping to balance the electricity grid.  Hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles are not due to be launched by most manufacturers until 2015. Significant developments in infrastructure will be required to support their introduction.  

Transport Scotland is an active member of UK and European projects to share knowledge, expertise and emerging research findings on hydrogen`s potential in transport.  One such project will see Europe`s largest hydrogen bus fleet introduced in the city of Aberdeen in 2014.

'Switched On Scotland: A Roadmap to Widespread Adoption of Plug-in Vehicles'

 

Source: SHFCA

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