The use of electric vehicle (EV) charge points in Scotland has increased by 43% in the last year, claims data provided by the RAC Foundation.
During August 2017 alone, charge points were used 37,433 times compared with 26,119 times over the same period in 2016.
When compared to 2015 figures, the amount of use has more than trebled in two years.
The increase in usage has grown exponentially alongside the amount of charge points installed across Scotland.
The amount of installed charge points and connectors grew from 870 and 1,772 on 2016 respectively, to 1,133 charge points and 2,089 connectors in 2017.
The figures are revealed as part of RAC Foundation analysis of data collected by the ChargePlace Scotland network.
Yet despite the increase in usage, the RAC Foundation report that less than a quarter of charging stations were not used at all in August 2017.
However, the data survey only accounts for public charge points and excludes domestic charge installations.
In August, the use of installed charge points was greatest as a percentage across Aberdeen, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, while a point being used at least once was highest in Dundee and Glasgow.
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Scotland may be on the cusp of a motoring revolution, but step-changes in electric vehicle technology must be matched by equally big strides in recharging infrastructure.
“It is pleasing to see the use rapid chargers are getting. But the stubbornly high number of charge points that get little or no use shows that we still need to think not just about the total amount of charging infrastructure but what type it is and where it is located.
“Few of the owners of Scotland’s 2.8 million cars and vans think twice about the process of refuelling with petrol or diesel: pull onto a forecourt, flip the filler cap, insert the nozzle and a couple of minutes later the job’s done. Only when we get close to the same ease of use for electric cars will we truly enable a mass market for them.”
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