Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen City Council (ACC) have been working with Transport Scotland (TS), Energy Saving Trust (EST) and Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) since 2011 to install electric vehicle (EV) charging points. ACC has helped install 48 Chargeplace Scotland-supported EV charge points at 33 sites (11 sites have rapid chargers); part of TS’s “Switched on Scotland” vision for “Almost complete decarbonisation of road transport by 2050”.
ACC are members of the Electric Vehicle Association Scotland (EVAS), have employed Co-Wheels to supply low-emission hire vehicles since 2012 (an early EV-model used by Co-Wheels in Aberdeen, a Mitsubishi iMiev, is now in a local transport museum as an educational exhibit) and their current Local Development Plan contains standards that ensure EV charging provision is built in from the start.
ACC is also at the forefront of developing hydrogen use in Scotland. ACC’s Hydrogen Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2025 sets out objectives and actions to develop a hydrogen economy in the north-east of Scotland. Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage (ACHES) has been producing hydrogen since 2015 using a green electricity tarrif resulting in a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and improving local air quality (water is the only emission from a fuel cell vehicle). There are 10 buses fuelling at the Kittybrewster hydrogen station (with 15 more planned to join the fleet in 2020). Currently Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils have 21 cars, 11 vans, 2 waste trucks (with 1 road sweeper on trial) and plan to expand to 60 vehicles by 2020. Co-Wheels have 2 hydrogen powered Toyota Mirais available for public use. Opportunities to use hydrogen in transport and energy projects are also being explored by ACC and partners. This includes renewable energy hydrogen storage and hydrogen for heating purposes.