“GLOBAL leaders in tidal energy Nova Innovation have announced that vehicles in Shetland are now fuelled by the power of the sea.“
The marine energy experts have created the first ever electric vehicle (EV) charge point where drivers can ‘fill up’ directly from a tidal energy source.
Simon Forrest, CEO of Nova Innovation, said:
Our technology generates electricity from the immense power of the seas, and it is changing the way we power our lives – from how we make a cup of tea to how we travel. We now have the reality of tidal powered cars, which demonstrates the huge steps forward we are making in tackling the climate emergency and achieving net zero by working in harmony with our natural environment.
Most people in Shetland live close to the sea – to be able to harness the power of the tide in this way is a great way to use this resource.
Traditional combustion engine vehicles are responsible for around a fifth of all carbon emissions in the UK. In the push towards net zero, the Scottish Government has banned the sale of new cars powered solely by petrol or diesel by 2032, accelerating the need to develop new sources of clean energy to power vehicles.
The Nova project has received grant funding through Transport Scotland to install the EV charging infrastructure as part of the clean energy transition.
Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, said:
“It’s fantastic to see that Nova Innovation is demonstrating yet again that Scotland remains at the forefront of developments in zero-emission transport solutions. I’m pleased that Scottish Government funding is enabling the installation of a new charge point in Shetland which operates entirely on renewable tidal energy.
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