A new online tool which could transform the way electric vehicle owners plan their staycations has been launched.
The EV Holiday Hotspot Index, developed by the UK’s leading EV charging provider, GRIDSERVE, will help electric car driving travellers looking to visit UK tourist attractions this year.
With just one in 10 of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions currently offering on-site EV charging, the new index provides an easy-to-use ranking of the attractions that have convenient and reliable charging infrastructure nearby for EV owners, giving them the confidence to enjoy and explore the best this nation has to offer.
Top EV-friendly tourist attractions
- Beamish, the Living Museum of the North – This immersive museum tells the story of life in the North East during the 19th and early 20th century
- Midlands Arts Centre – This pioneering arts complex in Birmingham hosts theatre, dance, music and comedy performances
- Durham Cathedral – This Norman cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a key filming location for the Harry Potter films
- Hampton Court Palace – Famously home to Henry VIII, this palace is a Grade I-listed building near Kingston-upon-Thames
- Eden Project – This botanical garden and tourist attraction in Cornwall uses huge glass domes to house different ecosystems, showcasing the interactions between plants and animals
- National Railway Museum – This museum located in York tells the story of the development of rail transport in Britain
- Pugneys Country Park – A large wildlife park located in West Yorkshire includes activities such as a light railway, castle, and two lakes
- Millennium Gallery – This art gallery is Sheffield’s top destination for arts and design
- The Bodleian Library – This impressive hub of knowledge in Oxford is one of the oldest libraries in Europe
- Stonehenge – A prehistoric monument made up of a ring of iconic standing stones near Salisbury
“With the UK’s fascinating history and immense natural beauty, it’s no wonder staycations are the go-to option for over half of Brits,” said Laura Hardy, Chief Communications Officer of GRIDSERVE.
“However, we know that limited public transport and nervousness around EV charging options can be a challenge for some visitors, particularly those looking to travel more sustainably.
“That’s why our EV Holiday Hotspot Index is so important. It’s designed to help drivers make informed decisions and increase confidence in EV travel across the UK.
“The Index will enable drivers to pinpoint their perfect staycation and cut emissions along the way.
“It is a truly fantastic resource that will continually update as we expand our UK-wide network of High Power EV chargers at the speed and scale that is needed to help move the needle on climate change.”
New data shows that more than half (57%) of British families are planning a ‘staycation’ this year, embarking on journeys averaging 100-200 miles.