As of the end of September last year, 38,600 ULEVs belonged to the people of Scotland, up from 22,100 in the same period in 2020, according to the Department for Transport. Apparently, the rapid growth of electric vehicles in Scotland is promising – but the steady rise of the electric vehicle revolution depends on having enough charging infrastructure to meet the growing demand.
Meteorologists estimate that Scotland will need 30,000 charging points for public electric vehicles by 2030 to support government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and speed up the transition to electric vehicles. Nevertheless, Scotland’s charging network currently consists of just over 2,100 charging hubs. Clearly, private and public sector cooperation is needed to bridge the charging infrastructure gap and roll out stations faster across the country, but this effort will include the ground engineering sector – and the construction sector at large. On – has a unique character.
Fortunately, ground engineering firms, such as Akila Ground Engineering, are part of the Akila Group, capable of providing instant piling solutions to the charging hubs of these much-needed electric vehicles. Late last year, we delivered a piling project at Oxford’s Red Bridge in the UK’s largest and most powerful electric vehicle charging hub. The Red Bridge site contains chargers for 38 ultra-fast electric vehicles – providing 100% renewable energy. At the Red Bridge site, Lone Ground Engineering used state-of-the-art regenerated tubular piles and state-of-the-art plant equipment to efficiently install steel tube piles, helping to dispose of excess material in the landfill. Found As a result, we were able to deliver this project in less than a week.
The remarkable success and rapid transformation of the Oxford Project paved the way for our second charging point contract. We were assigned to provide piling in a new electric vehicle charging hub at Palace Grounds Retail Park in Hamilton. By adopting the same methods we adopted for the Oxford Project, we were able to complete the project faster and deliver significant sustainability benefits – using steel reclaimed tubular piles. To reduce carbon footprint by up to 97% when compared to the use of newly developed prime steel tubes.
Bridging the gap between electric vehicle charging hubs and deploying more stations across the country by 2030 is undoubtedly a major challenge. The growing demand for low-emission vehicles alone is not enough to accelerate the transition. Bringing more customers on board requires the cooperation of the public and private sector to make ambitious charging infrastructure a reality and to play its role in providing urgent supply of essential charging hubs to ground engineering firms such as Ground Engineering alone. It will be because we are working for the green future of Scotland’s roads. Reversing the switch to sustainable vehicles, decarbonizing Scotland’s roads and, ultimately, achieving ambitious climate goals is in balance. We are ready to play our part.
Mark Markey, Managing Director, Single Group