Scotland has opened a second round of the Plugged-In Households Grant Fund allowing more social housing providers, third sector and community organisations the chance to procure the services of electric vehicle car clubs.

A GBP500,000 (US$632,000) fund is available to allow tenants, local residents and staff access electric vehicles on demand through car share clubs.

Earlier this year, eight social housing providers in Scotland were awarded grants from Glasgow to Orkney. This year, the fund is also accepting applications from third sector organisations.

Delivered and administered through the Energy Saving Trust, organisations have until 23 August to apply.

“There has been a fantastic response from social housing providers to the Plugged-In Households Grant Fund and so I’m delighted we can respond by providing another half a million pounds to expand affordable access to electric vehicles,” said Scotland Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson.

“This is an inclusive, innovative and progressive initiative, which gives people affordable access to the latest electric vehicles and offers a real alternative to costly car ownership.

“Ultra-low emission vehicles bring profound advantages in responding to the climate emergency and improving air quality – however, the solution cannot simply be more cars with zero emissions. We need to change behaviours and challenge beliefs that car ownership remains a necessity.

“We are also providing funding to social housing providers for improved walking and cycling facilities so people can make easier active travel choices. Providing funding for ultra-low emission car clubs, so people can access electric cars on demand, is another way we can bring about the revolution in sustainable transport we hope to see across the country.”

For her part, Energy Saving Trust senior programme manager, Ellie Grebenik, added: “Round two of Plugged-In Households grant funding will open up greater access to electric vehicles across numerous Scottish housing association and third sector locations.

“The funding enables tenants, staff and the wider community to enjoy sustainable transport through local EV car clubs.  The adoption of EVs is growing in pace, supported by Energy Saving Trust’s interest free loans and robust public charging infrastructure.

“The switch to ultra-low emission vehicles is essential to reduce emissions and improve air quality in line with Transport Scotland’s strategy.”