We were delighted to welcome the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, to the PNDC in August 2019. During her visit to the PNDC, the First Minister announced a £7.5m project between Scottish Government, SP Energy Networks and SSEN to deliver more electric vehicle charging points and the infrastructure needed to support them.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with Alan, Han, Kathleen and Ibrahim from the PNDC team

Speaking at the PNDC of the partnership, the First Minister said:

“This partnership highlights the critical role that electricity networks have to play in delivering a zero carbon energy system, and in facilitating an electric vehicle revolution and the provision of clean energy for transport.

This project will develop a new model for delivering both EV charging and electricity network infrastructure which can more effectively satisfy Scotland’s ambitions, including delivering inclusive universal access to the benefits of the decarbonisation of transport.

We have invested over £30 million since 2011 to establish one of the most comprehensive electric vehicle charging networks in Europe. There are now over 1,000 points across the country as part of our commitment to help people make the move to low and zero carbon vehicles.”

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with Frank Mitchell, CEO of SP Energy Networks, Colin Nicol, Managing Director of SSEN and two apprentices.

We were honoured to be invited to host this event and to show the First Minister the PNDC testing facilities and on-site EV charging points, and to introduce her to several PNDC team members including Han, Ibrahim and Kathleen.

“We are delighted to welcome the First Minister and Industry leaders today and to learn about the bold plans to enable decarbonisation of transportation for all.
Our mission as a vital part of the national infrastructure is to support the energy system transformation towards our net zero targets, and we look forward to being part of the development and validation of these solutions, and in doing so, shaping the energy system of the future.” 

Alan Dunn, Chief Operating Officer at the PNDC
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon talking with apprentices from SSEN and SP Energy Networks at the PNDC.

Find out more about the project here.