The largest electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Scotland has been officially opened in the heart of one of the country’s most important economic areas. The £1.4 million ($1.83 million) facility at the Falkirk Stadium, which has capacity for 26 electric vehicles – 30% more than the second largest EV station in Scotland – was officially opened by Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.
The new EV station will generate over 30% of the required electricity to power the facility from its own solar canopy made up by 1272 panels covering an area of over 2,000sqm, saving 75 tonnes of carbon per year. It also brings the number of EV charging bays in the Falkirk and Grangemouth area to 68, an increase of almost 70%.
Located just three minutes from J6 on the M9 motorway the new EV station will be a key charging destination for local electric vehicles users as well as those travelling on the busy motorway route across Scotland and visitors to the neighbouring world-famous Kelpies and Helix Park. The new EV hub is only 22 minutes from Edinburgh Airport; 20 minutes from Stirling Castle; 36 minutes from Glasgow and just 13 minutes from The Falkirk Wheel.
The self-service facility will be open 365 days a year for 24 hours per day. The Falkirk Stadium EV station has 10 rapid (50kW) charging bays and 16 fast (22kW) charging bays, of which 3 designated bays are reserved for disabled users. Each bay is 2.4m wide with additional 1.2m of adjacent pedestrian movement. Payments at the EV station can be made through a standard ChargePlace Scotland account.
The Bluetop solar canopy covers 2,082sqm, equivalent to almost a third of a football pitch, consists of 1,272 TrinaSolar panels generating an estimated 300,644kWh annually. Energy generated will be stored in 3 storage systems capable of holding up to 201kWh of energy and delivering up to 183kW of power.
The Falkirk and Grangemouth area is already home to some of Scotland’s most important economic sectors – chemicals, petrochemicals, logistics and tourism – and is a major contributor to the Scottish economy through the INEOS oil refinery and petrochemical plant; the largest container port in the country at Grangemouth and two of the most talked about tourist destinations in recent years (The Kelpies and The Falkirk Wheel). Funding for the new project has come from Falkirk Council and the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund through Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “By delivering the largest electric vehicle charging hub in Scotland, Falkirk Council have demonstrated their commitment to Scotland’s net-zero vision. I’m pleased we’ve been able to support their leadership through our Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund which has helped finance this impressive charging hub here at Falkirk Stadium through the European Regional Development Fund.”
“This hub entirely supports the Scottish Government’s bold ambition to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032. These 26 charging bays, including fast and rapid chargers, are welcome additions to our public electric vehicle charging network – ChargePlace Scotland. The Low Carbon Vehicle Hub here in Falkirk marks the beginning of the Electric A9 which we continue to develop. The EA9 expands and builds further resilience into our existing ChargePlace Scotland infrastructure,” Matheson added.