Dartmoor National Park announces new EV chargers to help drive more sustainable journeys

Dartmoor National Park has installed five new EV charging points to help drive sustainable tourism in the park, funded by BMW UK through its Recharge in Nature partnership with National Parks UK.
Dartmoor National Park announces new EV chargers to help drive more sustainable journeys
Courtesy of Dartmoor National Park.

The new chargers can each charge two cars simultaneously and have been installed in three key locations, Postbridge Visitor Centre Car Park, Princetown Visitor Centre Car Park and Meldon Reservoir Car Park, to increase the availability of public EV charging options for local communities and visitors alike.

The installation of these chargers is 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 per cent of these visits being 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, involving activities such as overnight camping trips and footpath restoration projects.

“Dartmoor National Park is home to 36,000 people, alongside the millions of visitors that come to enjoy the Park every year” said Andrew Watson, Head of Recreation, Access and Estates. “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 whist taking time to visit our National Park Visitor Centres, or explore the local area to experience all that Dartmoor National Park has to offer.”

The BMW Group has set clear CO2 reduction targets across the lifecycle of every vehicle and is constantly seeking new ways to cut emissions. By 2030, it aims to halve the CO2 emissions per vehicle from 2019 levels. The group was one of the first automotive brands to join the Business Ambition for 1.5°C as part of the Paris Climate Agreement - the most robust commitment to the goal of full climate neutrality, over the entire value-added chain, by 2050 at the latest.

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