The most picturesque electric vehicle charging points in the UK – where you can kick back and enjoy the view while your motor powers up


STUNNING images have revealed some of the most picturesque electric vehicle charging points in the country, from rolling hills to the British seaside.

The 10 photographs bring to life the rural or unique spots where drivers can stop off to top up their car batteries.

 A charging point at Another place Hotel in Penrith, Cumbria is one of the country's most picturesque

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A charging point at Another place Hotel in Penrith, Cumbria is one of the country’s most picturesqueCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

Among the stunning locations is a charging point buried in the Scottish Highlands, which is accompanied by its own skeletal ski instructor mascot and offering incredible views of the Glencoe Mountains.

And Penrith in the Lake District – which provided inspiration for the beloved children’s books by Beatrix Potter – allows drivers to charge their car while enjoying striking views of Ullswater Lake.

The series of photographs was commissioned by Go Ultra Low, the government and industry campaign promoting the uptake of EVs, to showcase the country’s extensive charging network.

Other picturesque locations see a chargepoint nestled in the Blackdown Hills, near Yarcombe, overlooking the British countryside.

 Bryn Elltyd Eco Guesthouse in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales is the perfect spot for holiday makers to charge their car

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Bryn Elltyd Eco Guesthouse in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales is the perfect spot for holiday makers to charge their carCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Drivers get a seaside park in Hastings, Sussex

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Drivers get a seaside park in Hastings, SussexCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

And when taking a trip through Snowdonia National Park, an eco-friendly bed and breakfast, Byrn Elltyd Eco Guesthouse, has its own remote charging stop.

On the East of the UK, in St Leonard’s-On-Sea, there is an EV chargepoint overlooking the English Channel, while those hiking the tours of Dartmoor National Park can plug in overnight at Bovey Castle.

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Bude, in Cornwall, is also home to a seaview spot to plug in.

However, it’s not just the depths of countryside which provide the perfect spot to park up and charge up.

Those cruising around the city of Glasgow can make a stop off at Blythswood Square to recharge their car batteries, while charging points are also appearing across London following the introduction of the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ).

 EVs mix with history at the Bovey Castle charge point in Devon

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EVs mix with history at the Bovey Castle charge point in DevonCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 London has added more car chargers, including this one near London Bridge

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London has added more car chargers, including this one near London BridgeCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 The view is just one of the benefits of staying at Wooldown Holiday Cottages in Bude, Cornwall

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The view is just one of the benefits of staying at Wooldown Holiday Cottages in Bude, CornwallCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

The images captured in the capital show charging spots which offer views of the 310 metre high Shard building or of the 200 acre Battersea Park.

There are now close to 24,000 chargepoint connectors at more than 8,000 locations across the UK.

The network also includes more than 1,700 rapid chargers, making the UK’s rapid chargepoint network one of the largest in Europe.

And investment from Highways England means that by 2020, drivers on motorways and major A roads will never be more than 20 miles from a rapid charger.

 The charging point in Glencoe Mountains has its own mascot

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The charging point in Glencoe Mountains has its own mascotCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Battersea has launched a number of EV chargers

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Battersea has launched a number of EV chargersCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: “From a charging perspective, there has never been a better time to be an EV owner in the UK.

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“Government and private investment in the network in recent years has seen an impressive rise in chargepoint numbers, with a mix of types and providers across the length and breadth of the UK.

“Many motorists think chargepoints are just found in urban areas like car parks in towns and cities, however, this simply isn’t the case, so we thought the best way to demonstrate this is to show people.

“These images showcase the significant expansion in charging infrastructure highlighting the hidden gems that exist in the UK’s charging network.”

 Glasgow offers city drivers a place to top up their EV

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Glasgow offers city drivers a place to top up their EVCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 And Route 303 Restaurant near Honiton in Devon offers breathtaking views while you wait

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And Route 303 Restaurant near Honiton in Devon offers breathtaking views while you waitCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

John Whitehead, owner of Bryn Elltyd Eco Guesthouse in Wales said: “As very early adopters of electric charge points in 2012, we’ve enjoyed seeing a steady growth in EV drivers using the connectors at Bryn Elltyd Eco Guesthouse.

“Our 3 connectors only use electricity from green renewable sources and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Moelwyn mountains and a hydro lake, helping electric motorists to enjoy travelling in the Welsh countryside.”

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Earlier this month, we revealed drivers could save up to £41,000 over their lifetime by switching to an electric car. 





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