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The rollout of public Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure is essential to meeting the Scottish and UK Governments’ Net zero and carbon reduction targets as this will support customers and communities adoption of electric vehicles.

Project PACE helps to achieve these goals by delivering a strategic network of public electric vehicle chargers across North and South Lanarkshire whilst piloting an innovative electricity Distribution Network Operator (DNO) led delivery model. 


Above: SP Energy Networks CEO Frank Mitchell launching the strategic partnership with First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon on 29th August 2019

Project PACE

August 2019 – April 2021

Project Status


About the Project

About the Project

Project PACE is a major project that has evolved from the strategic partnership for the decarbonisation of transport announced by the Scottish Government and SP Energy Networks in August 2019.

The Project PACE team at SP Energy Networks worked in collaboration with Transport Scotland and Local Authorities to deliver 167 new public EV chargers in 44 locations across Lanarkshire, targeting areas and communities where the commercial market has not yet delivered and is unlikely to in the short to medium term.

Project PACE explored the benefits of having a distribution network operator (DNO) involved in the various stages of deploying universally accessible public EV charger infrastructure, including costs and delivery timescales.

View a video about the project here:

Project PACE has installed electric vehicle charging hubs at 44 locations across North & South Lanarkshire.

The locations of the EV charging hubs in North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire and the number of each type of EV charger (standard 7kW, fast 22kW and rapid 50kW) are shown in the maps below:



Above: PACE EV charging hubs across North Lanarkshire



Above: PACE EV charging hubs across South Lanarkshire



  • Project PACE is funded by the Scottish Government via Transport Scotland with match funding from SP Energy Networks
  • Transport Scotland grant funding will be used to fund EV charging infrastructure and connections
  • SP Energy Networks have provided match funding for:
    • Optioneering study
    • Electric Cars, people carriers and minibuses for community transport charities within Lanarkshire
    • Supporting and complimentary electric vehicle innovation projects including:
      • Electric Vehicle Uptake Modelling (EV Up), which will improve our understanding of customers’ ability to transition to EVs based on availability of off-street parking and customer demographics
      • Network Connectivity Early Warning System (NCEWS), our LV connectivity model, which will allow us to better understand, manage and forecast what is happening on our LV network
      • Centre for Energy Policy (CEP) collaboration with Professor Karen Turner from the University of Strathclyde, conducting research on economic benefits of strategic network investment for LCT transition rather than “just in time”


Project Benefits

Project PACE will achieve key benefits at different stages of the project. this page will be updated to include all key project benefits as they are published.

Project Pace Optioneering Report – now published

    The widescale rollout of publicly available Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure is essential to meet the Scottish and UK Governments’ Net Zero targets. Project PACE helps to achieve these goals by building on the success of the Transport Scotland ChargePlace Scotland network and trialling an innovative DNO-led model to deliver a strategic network of EV chargers across North and South Lanarkshire in areas where the market has not yet delivered and is not expected to deliver in the short to medium term.

    Project PACE is delivering around180 EV chargers across more than 40 EV charging hubs in North and South Lanarkshire by April next year (funded by Transport Scotland grant). This is targeting an increase in the number of public EV chargers for Lanarkshire communities by over 200% and increasing the number of public EV chargers in Scotland as a whole by around 14%. The additional ca.10MW of EV charging capacity, an increase of 360% in Lanarkshire, is expected to accommodate the charging of around 5000 more EVs.

    The first phase of the project was a sophisticated site selection study funded by the SP Energy Networks Green Economy Fund to provide a blueprint for best practice and collaboration. SP Energy Networks utilised its extensive knowledge of its electricity network and customers and worked collaboratively with local stakeholders to identify the optimal locations for the community EV charging hubs.

    By choosing charging locations that make effective use of the existing electricity network, Project PACE is expected to achieve between £30,000 and £60,000 average savings on electricity grid connection costs per new location. This equates to a total of between £1.3million to £2.6million of taxpayer money saved across all the planned sites. Scaling up the innovative site selection approach across other regions could lead to £26million of connection savings in Scotland and £310million of the same savings across the UK.

    Find out more in our Fact Card and the full optioneering study below:

    Future reports to look out for:

    • Project Pace Commissioning Report – due Summer 2021


    Project Partners

    • In Strategic Partnership with – Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government.
    • Working closely with both South Lanarkshire Council and North Lanarkshire Council.
    • Working with equipment suppliers and installers to deliver EV charging infrastructure

    News & Reports

    News & Reports

    Latest News

    • Project PACE is delivering electric vehicle charging hubs at more than 40 locations across Lanarkshire as well as providing electric vehicles to community transport charities in the area.

    Key progress includes:

    Previous News

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    Project PACE Key Reports

    • Coming soon



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