Electric vehicle drivers on the Scottish Shetland Islands can recharge their cars directly using tidal power, after the launch of what is claimed to be the world’s first EV charge point powered only by tidal renewable energy.

Scottish tidal energy company Nova Innovation installed the EV charge point at Cullivoe Harbour on the island of Yell, the second largest of the Shetland Islands.

The generation source is Nova’s tidal array which has been powering homes and businesses in Shetland for more than five years. The company says a recent upgrade now supports electric vehicle charging “purely by the tide”.

The Scottish government is to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2032. Nova received grant funding through government agency Transport Scotland to install the EV charging infrastructure as part of the country-wide transition.

“It’s fantastic to see that Nova Innovation is demonstrating yet again that Scotland remains at the forefront of developments in zero-emission transport solutions,” said Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson.

“This type of innovation is key in responding to the global climate emergency and highlights the opportunities that can be realised here in Scotland as we transition to a net-zero economy,” Matheson said.