Argyll and Bute’s rise in electric cars welcomed

Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell welcomed the figures.
Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell welcomed the figures.

Local MSP Michael Russell has welcomed the news that Argyll and Bute has seen a significant rise in the number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) since 2017.

Figures released by the Department of Transport reveal that the number of ultra-low emission and electric vehicles in Argyll and Bute has increased by 64 per cent since in the past recorded year.

Across Scotland, the number of people driving electric vehicles has almost tripled since 2016 – rising by 130 per cent in two years.

The Scottish Government has pledged to introduce low emission zones in Scotland’s four biggest cities by 2020, and phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 – eight years ahead of the UK government’s target. The SNP has also committed to delivering 20 electric towns by 2025, and work to electrify the A9 trunk road with the provision of charging points along the route recently began.

Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell said: “I welcome the news that the number of ultra-low emission and electric vehicles in Argyll and Bute is continuing to rise.

“These figures are testament to people’s commitment to clean air and clean energy in Scotland, and will help to make our towns and cities more accessible – and are an important part of the fight against climate change.

“Ultra-low emission vehicles give us the opportunity to set a path for less pollution and improve the quality of air in the places that we live, work and visit.

“The SNP will continue this progress and maintain Scotland’s reputation as a global leader on tackling air pollution and climate change.”