02 NOV 2021 (EDINBURGH) Forev, Scotland’s electric vehicle charging network, has announced that Steve Dunlop has been appointed as its chairperson. Steve, former chief executive of Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Canals, will bring a wealth of experience and business acumen to Forev, as he succeeds Brian Gilda at the end of October.
Commenting on his appointment, Steve commented: “I’m proud and delighted to follow on from Brian Gilda as the new chair of Forev. It’s exciting to be at the heart of Scotland’s electric vehicle charging network, boosting the charging infrastructure across the country and supporting the transition to net zero.
Transport is the UK’s biggest contributor to carbon emissions, and the Scottish Government has pledged to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032. The decarbonisation of transport is one of the most significant – and challenging – factors in the transition to net zero. To achieve this, Scotland from the outset will require a robust EV charge point infrastructure, at accessible locations to the public, to overcome the current barriers of transitioning to electric vehicles and to have a significant impact on emissions.
Steve, continued: “There has never been a more critical time for the business to step in and help shape the delivery of the green economy. It is now as urgent as it is important. Forev is positioned perfectly to tackle this challenge having secured strategic funding from the Scottish National Investment Bank and working alongside other key stakeholders. I’m privileged to join the forward thinking, dynamic team at Forev to play our part, alongside current and future partners to make an enormously important contribution to Scotland’s transition to a net zero economy.”
Lindsay Wallace, Founder and CEO of Forev, said: “I am delighted to welcome Stephen to the Board of Forev. His career in business, combined with his Board experience, will be of immense value as we map out the future direction of Forev and continue on this exciting journey to create a sustainable future for Scotland. We have installations planned at multiple key locations throughout Scotland, a re-brand and new website, along with a number of commercial opportunities in 2022. With our investment from Scottish National Investment Bank, we are fully focused on quantum dial up in the number of host sites we want to target in Scotland. We are looking forward to doing everything we can to create a sustainable infrastructure of EV charging points across Scotland and support Scotland’s aim of achieving net zero.”
Forev is aiming to create a network of over 1,700 electric vehicle charging points at 600 public sites across Scotland. Focusing on public ‘destination’ charging points that will allow drivers to charge their vehicles away from home.