Arcola and SWARCO among the first tenants at Scotland’s new sustainable transport hub

With ambition to become a world-leading location for net zero technology and decarbonisation of transport, Scotland is a big draw for investors and growing businesses in the mobility technology sector.

English company Arcola Energy Ltd has chosen the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) in Dundee for its new engineering and manufacturing facility which will deliver hydrogen-powered solutions. Meanwhile, Austrian company, SWARCO will operate Scotland’s ChargePlace electric-vehicle charging network from the Parc.

Scotland's first hydrogen-powered train 

Arcola specialises in fuel cell technology integration and will be one of the first tenants at the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc.

Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc, located on the former Michelin tyre factory site, is set to become a world-leading sustainable transport hub focused on mobility and decarbonisation.

Arcola’s new facility at MSIP will support its work in adapting heavy-duty vehicles and transport applications to zero-emission, hydrogen-powered solutions, supporting Scotland’s ambitions for a net zero carbon emissions economy.

Alongside partners, the company showcased Scotland’s first hydrogen-­powered train to the world at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.

“We were attracted by MSIP’s ambition to become a leading hub supporting the decarbonisation of Scotland’s transport system and infrastructure and by the hydrogen production and fueling facility that MSIP is building to support development and deployment of zero-emission vehicles. We are very pleased to be an early part of it.”

Dr Ben Todd, CEO of Arcola

Ben Todd, CEO of Arcola - hydrogen-powered train project to debut at COP26

“This new facility will be Arcola’s main manufacturing base, supporting our growing business needs as we expand our range of heavy-duty fuel cell vehicles," Ben added.

World-class sustainable transport hub

With a 32-hectare site and excellent physical connectivity, MSIP has dynamic space that can adapt to all sizes of business. As well as a large, flexible space, tenants will have access to an innovation campus, a skills academy, business support and competitive, green energy delivered from sustainable sources. Underpinning all activities at MSIP is a collaborative approach to achieve the goal of net zero.

European tech company, SWARCO eVolt has been awarded an estimated £1.2 million contract to run ChargePlace Scotland – the country’s public electric-vehicle (EV) charging network – from July 2021.

SWARCO will take over from Charge Your Car as the back-office operator which enables people to access over 1,600 publicly available charge points across Scotland.

Justin Meyer, Managing Director for SWARCO eVolt said: "Our charging technology has become the watchword for reliability and performance in a world that demands certainty, and our approach to smart charging through our e.Connect software solution will be at the heart of the ambition to build a truly world-class network."

"The Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc, set up as a location for companies that are leading the way in sustainable mobility and decarbonisation, is the perfect location for our new offices, and we look forward to providing more employment opportunities for local communities."

Justin Meyer, managing director of SWARCO

SWARCO is already a partner in Scotland’s journey to net zero by providing much of the quality EV charging infrastructure that drivers use across the country.

New engineering and manufacturing facility

Arcola will create up to 135 jobs at the site over a three-year period, after securing a £1.5 million grant from Scottish Enterprise.

The Regional Selective Assistance grant will allow Arcola to create a new engineering and manufacturing facility at MSIP in the months ahead to support the Scottish hydrogen train project and product development for hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Recruitment will continue over the next three years as Arcola expands production at the site. Arcola also has a rail engineering facility at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway and plans for a service centre in Glasgow.

Andy McDonald, head of low carbon transition at Scottish Enterprise, said: "The creation of MSIP has been a huge step in supporting the growth of this sector and Arcola will be a really exciting addition to the facility, as well as a real boost to the efforts towards establishing Scotland as a world leader in sustainable mobility."

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