When it comes to countries at the forefront of “going green”, Scotland is rarely if ever mentioned. Last week that all changed though, with Scottish politicians unveiling a bold plan that calls for the use of 100% renewable energy sources by 2020, and with the aim of eliminating all carbon-based transportation by 2050.
The multi-pronged Switched On Scotland plan sees the Scottish government taking a leading role, investing about $22 million into the greening of fleet vehicles and energy sources. Charging points will be installed at every major government institution, while existing initiatives like the free installation of home charging stations for plug-in hybrid and EV buyers will continue.
EV owners will also continue to enjoy 50% discounted ferry fares and paying no road tax as part of the Switched On Scotland plan, though the plan goes far beyond just two years and $22 million. By 2020, Scotland wants to get 100% of its energy needs from renewable sources, and by 2050 it hopes to eliminate the sale and use of combustion-powered vehicles in cities and towns entirely.
EVs, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will be the only cars on Scottish city roads by mid-century, if everything works out according to plan. With SCotland veering towards independence as its own country, Of course things rare do, but Scotland is small enough that it just might be possible.
Could Scotland become a leader in the green energy race?