Perth electric car charging hub to open in October this year

Perth and Kinross Council has appointed Emtec Energy to deliver the £850,000 project, providing 41 electric car charging points at the Broxden Park and Ride.

In addition to this, it has been revealed the transport hub will feature seven new rapid chargers, including the region’s first rapid charging point with disabled access and eight new fast chargers, four of which spaces will be bookable.

Work will start this summer, with the first motorists expected to charge their EVs at the hub in October.

The charging points will be fuelled by solar power and a battery storage unit.

A Perth and Kinross Council spokesperson said the hub would “sustainably support and encourage the switch to electric vehicles and make Broxden a significant charging hub on the Scottish motorway network”.

European Regional Development Fund and Tay Cities Deal have funded the project.

Speaking to, EV charging expert, Dr Euan McTurk of Plug Life Consulting, said: “This site used to be one of the biggest in Scotland, and one of the most reliable at which to get a charge. But the existing three rapid chargers are now a bit long in the tooth, and there are often queues for them. So it’s a relief to hear that Perth and Kinross Council has recognised this and is building an ambitiously large, modern charging hub to meet demand.

“The inclusion of charging bays that are accessible for people with limited mobility is also excellent news. A few charging hubs across Scotland have been built recently that don’t have disabled parking spaces, and this is something that is regularly called out amongst EV drivers. Perth and Kinross Council deserves full credit for making this site inclusive and accessible to everyone.”

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