ALMOST £1m could be spent on boosting the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the city if councillors back the move next week.
A total of 38 charging points for public use, as well as for the council’s ever-expanding electric fleet, could be installed in the spring and summer by contractors Swarco.
Mark Flynn convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “We are continuing to blaze a trail for EV use, not just in Scotland or in the UK but in a wider European context.
“Individuals and fleet users are increasingly buying different types of electric vehicles and we want to make sure that Dundee is not only meeting but also driving demand.
“The combination of measures to support existing EV users, while creating infrastructure that encourages even more people to buy and use zero emission vehicles, is part of a wider strategy that mixes EV use with other forms of sustainable transport to improve the city’s environment.
“Taking a combined approach to sustainable transport has tangible benefits for us all by delivering cleaner air for the city.”
The single biggest contract is for Gellatly Street multi storey car park to install 20 car charging points, as well as solar panels and electrical infrastructure at top roof level. Work will also include installation of a battery storage unit at ground level and an electrical switchgear room on the first floor. Work is planned to begin in April and finish in summer at a cost of £602,000.
Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc at Baldovie Road could see the installation of five dual-outlet chargers with other work at sites across the city including Fairbairn Young Person Unit, Millview, Kings Cross Road, The Elms, Eastern Primary School and Friarfield House.
In total work expected to cost £965,000 will be discussed by the city development committee on Monday (March 8).
Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.