It’s a question many of us have been asking for some time now, but it’s now possible to buy an electric car in Scotland using just an electrical appliance.
A company called BEC has announced a new partnership with Glasgow-based electronics giant O2, which is building a range of battery-driven electric vehicles in Scotland.
The cars, which will be available on O2’s network for the first time in 2017, will be powered by an 80kW battery and feature a range up to 300km, according to O2.
This is an incredible amount of range, especially in Scotland where there are only about 200m of electric charging infrastructure, according O2 Chief Executive John Wiebe.
The company says that it is targeting the first half of next year with an average of five new electric vehicles per week being sold.
The O2 batteries will power an O2-branded electric vehicle at a price of £12,500.
O2 is planning to introduce more affordable electric vehicles, including the Nissan Leaf, in the next few years, as well as offering a range-extender for the Nissan E-NV200, an electric vehicle developed by Mitsubishi Electric of Japan.
It’s unclear if the new partnership will be used to develop new electric cars, but this is the first step in the process.
Electric vehicles are increasingly becoming popular, and there are now more than 40,000 electric vehicles on the roads in Scotland, according the latest data from the Scottish Government.
Oestradamus will have a range between 400 and 600km on the O2 network, depending on how it’s configured, and will have three wheels, according Mr Wiebes.
“These new cars are going to be a major part of our growth strategy,” Mr Wiesbe said.
“This partnership will give us a big step towards providing the highest-quality, most cost-effective and environmentally friendly electric vehicles for our customers.”
We will be bringing our highly acclaimed technology to the Scottish market and making this technology available to our customers for the very first time.
“The first batch of vehicles will be produced in the city of Glasgow and the other models are expected to follow soon after.
Oesterreich will be the only one of the four manufacturers to build its electric vehicles from scratch, Mr Wiedbe said, with the rest being based in Europe.”
Our partnership with O2 is a significant step forward in the journey towards building more sustainable, reliable and environmentally-friendly vehicles,” he said.
The Scottish Government is also looking to expand its investment in electric vehicles.
It has allocated £7.5 billion ($12.5bn) to develop the development of new technology to enable electric vehicles to be more widely available and more widely used.
The National Autonomous Systems Centre at the University of Glasgow has developed software and hardware for electric vehicles that will be launched later this year, and a new government programme will provide £2 million ($3.7m) to support research and development for electric vehicle technologies.
The programme is known as Smart Cities Scotland and will see the centre collaborate with businesses and governments across the country.
Overseas electric vehicle development has also been accelerating in recent years.
The Chinese government announced last year it had received $7 billion ($11.7bn) from the US government to develop electric vehicles and invest in research and innovation.