Malcolm Henry wrote:Portree rapid charger has been offline since September (at least). I tried charging there out of interest rather than necessity the first week that I had my car and reported it as not working. I reported it again in November.
The only other rapid chargers on Skye are at Broadford and Uig, both of which have been in situ for months without being connected to the grid.
I think I'm the only resident of the island with a BEV (any others out there?) and the lack of rapid charging points makes it hard to argue the case for running an EV. Any ideas on which organisation is at fault here? ScotGov? CYC?
The chargers in Broadford and Uig have been in the ground for years now.
I spoke with Kate Forbes' (MSP) Parliamentary Assistant in July and the problems are -
Electrical connections across the main trunk road were rejected by both Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland. Next option was to cable to the Co-op but there have been issues re: land ownership (Brodies LLP were asked to sign a wayleave but haven't).
It could be cabled to a new housing development but there has been no further progress. It's in the hands of Highland Council.
There needs to be a new ground-based transformer. The Council have been asking Calmac to sell some harbour land to them (which would then be leased back to SSE). No further progress has been made.
Kate Forbes petitioned the Skye councillors to get these issues discussed at a ward meeting. I checked an agenda a few weeks ago but could see no mention of either site.
Alister Hamilton, EVAS ?Chair, had a meeting with Kate Forbes to further discuss but I'm not aware of the outcome. Maybe EVAS could provide further info on the outcomes, if any?
PS. The ex-MSP for Skye also drives a Leaf!