Dartmoor National Park Announces New Electric Vehicle Chargers
Dartmoor National Park is leading the charge in more sustainable tourism with five new electric vehicle charging points going live, funded by BMW UK through its Recharge in Nature partnership with National Parks UK. The new chargers can charge two cars simultaneously, meaning EV drivers can travel with more confidence to enjoy the beauty of Dartmoor. The five new twin chargers have been installed in three key locations to increase the availability of public EV charging options for local communities and visitors alike. The chargers are in Postbridge Visitor Centre Car Park, Princetown Visitor Centre Car Park, and Meldon Reservoir Car Park.
The installation of these chargers is also a significant step towards the goal of increasing the EV charging infrastructure in the UK National Parks through the Recharge in Nature partnership. To date, 33 chargers have been installed in National Parks across the UK, with chargers in all 15 of the National Parks set to be installed before the end of the three-year partnership. In total, the UK’s National Parks are visited over 100 million times each year, with 93% of these visits made by car. Enhancing the EV recharging network is vital to enabling better access for the lowest emitting and quietest vehicles. In Dartmoor National Park, additional funding from BMW UK is supporting its youth in nature environmental engagement programme to nurture young people’s appreciation of nature. By providing them with access to the great outdoors, these sessions aim to inspire the conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts of the future. Andrew Watson, Head of Recreation, Access and Estates, commented: “Dartmoor National Park is home to 36,000 people, alongside the millions of visitors that come to enjoy the Park every year. Working with National Parks Partnerships, BMW and PodPoint to install these new electric charging points is about ensuring we can provide choice and encourage lower-emission travel options. We’re delighted to have these new chargers so that we can enable visitors to charge their vehicles while taking time to visit our National Park Visitor Centres, or explore the local area to experience all that Dartmoor National Park has to offer.”