Public electric vehicle charging points installed in Yorkshire Dales

The new electric vehicle charging point at Grassington National Park Centre car park.

The first public electric vehicle charging points have opened in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Pod Point units capable of charging two vehicles simultaneously have come into service at national park authority car parks at Aysgarth Falls, Grassington and Hawes.

The fast-rated 7kw machines are expected to be used by people looking to top-up their car batteries.

An hour of charge at the new points will add around 30 miles of range for a typical full-battery small electric car.

Electricity has been led to the Pod Points from the national park centres which are located next to the car parks.

All centres are currently supplied with electricity generated from a mix of conventional and renewable energy sources, but contracts are currently being reviewed with a view to switching to a 100 per cent green tariff.

There are six other electric vehicle charging points in the Yorkshire Dales National Park listed on Zap Map; at a business near Sedbergh; at Stone House Hotel near Hawes; at two holiday cottages in Bishopdale; at the Devonshire Fell Hotel in Burnsall and at the Devonshire Arms Hotel near Skipton.

These pioneering installations, however, are intended for use by customers rather than the general public.

Nick Cotton, member champion for recreation management at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: “A couple of years ago we began receiving correspondence from electric car users who said they could not visit the national park because of a lack of charge points.

“The new Pod Point units at three of our more popular car parks should remedy that problem.  We expect that people will continue to charge their electric vehicles to full overnight at home or at ‘rapid’ charging points at motorway service stations, and will use our charging points for a top-up.

“As petrol and diesel cars are phased out as part of the government’s ‘Road to Zero Strategy’, ownership of electric vehicles will increase and we will be seeing more of them in the National Park – and so it’s hoped the new charging points could be the first of many.”

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  1. 6 x 7 KW chargers is pretty basic and falls far short of what will be required.
    A comprehensive network of 50 KW fast chargers are what is needed to meet reasonable future demands from electric vehicles with decent range and sensible charging times. Why are Tesla, Ecotricity or the other commercial suppliers not being invited into the area to install a network of fast charging stations ? This is yet another major obstacle to the shift to climate friendly technologies.

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