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Ness has a new electric vehicle (EV) charging point, announced today (Wednesday 21 February) as ready for service to local drivers and visitors.

The installation at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis is part of CEN’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Over the past three years, the team noticed an increasing number of electric vehicles being used by passing visitors, with up to 20 a week stopping at the group’s historical centre during the summer.

Funding of £5,028 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and additions from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Crown Estate Fund allowed CEN to install a rapid charging EV unit with two chargers.

The support is part of HIE’s plan to make the Highlands and Islands carbon neutral and end Scotland’s need for new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030.

With previous HIE assistance, CEN has already invested in mechanical heat recovery systems, allowing heating from existing renewable sources. Ducting in the kitchen and café was also relocated to prevent draughts.

There is currently only one other EV charge point in Ness, at SpòrsNis, 2.6 miles away.

The next nearest charger is at the offices of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust), five miles away.

Joanna Peteranna, Innse Gall area manager for HIE, said: “We’re really pleased to support CEN in their efforts to be as energy efficient as it can and investing in the latest technology.

“This project will support the local community of Ness and wider (and) will also encourage local people to purchase electric vehicles, as there will be a charge point nearby.

“It also means visitors to north Lewis can be more confident about being able to access charging facilities when they come here.

“This will increase footfall at the centre, time spent at the building by people charging their vehicles and increase income for CEN.”

Anne Macleod, operations manager at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, said: “The superfast charging point will allow two vehicles to charge simultaneously and will be available 24/7.

“As an organisation, we are fully committed to minimising the environmental impact of our operations.  We would like to thank Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for their support.”