This was made possible by Scottish Borders Council and Transport for Scotland who have provided the new Efacec charging point. The charging point is double sided, enabling two cars to Fast-charge any compatible vehicle from zero to 80% in less than an hour at the same time. Charging will be free initially, thereafter paid for by per KW of electricity used.
In March this year, the village turned out to welcome the opening of the new Community Fuel Station, the first privately owned station to open in the Scottish Borders for 25 years. As well as bringing back fuel back to the village and stopping unnecessary journeys of up to an hour to refuel, this essential community facility has also generated funds for the community. For every litre of fuel sold, one penny is re-invested back into local initiatives. In the first six months, targets have been exceeded by 30% with more than 170,000 litres of fuel being sold. That means that as well as making life a lot more convenient for locals and visitors alike, the new Fuel Station has already generated more than £1,700 for the local community.
As a vibrant village which always looks to the future, the new electric charging facility is very much in line with the Scottish Government’s target of phasing out petrol and diesel cars by 2032.
Councillor Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council’s Energy Efficiency Champion, said:
“The new petrol station in Newcastleton is a fantastic example of the community playing its part to improve the quality of life for local people. The Council is delighted to be able to support this initiative through our installation of a semi-rapid charger which provides yet more facilities for the community and visitors to use.
The new electric charger adds to the Scottish Borders’ expanding network, with almost 30 points now available right across the Borders, providing opportunities for more people to use this cost effective and environmentally friendly mode of transport.”
Steve Hartley, Chair of NDCT said:
“This is another milestone day for the village of Newcastleton and the wider hinterland. The trust is doing everything it can to ensure that nothing stops us or our visitors doing our bit for the environment. We are increasingly seeing more urban day trippers using our tourism facilities and having this unit ensures we can now actively market to even more. Knowing they can recharge themselves and their vehicles before returning home will bring more spending to the village. We are delighted to be one of the remotest locations in Scotland to be hosting one.”