The National Trust and RAW Charging have announced a new deal to deliver the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging at iconic locations across the Trust’s portfolio in England, Wales and Northern Ireland over the next three years.
RAW Charging plans to invest £12 million in the project, working closely with the National Trust to encourage their visitors to make their journeys more sustainable.
“We’re looking forward to working with the National Trust to roll out EV charging across their places in the UK,” said Bruce Galliford, CEO, RAW Charging.
“This is one of the largest schemes we have worked on, and we are investing over £12 million in the sites as we continue to deliver reliable and affordable EV charging across the UK.”
The majority of the chargers will be AC destination chargers, which will be a great benefit to the estimated 45% of EV drivers who do not have at-home charging. These types of charge points give a slower charge, perfect for visitors looking to spend half a day or more at the popular locales. Rapid charge points will be made available at some sites where the visit time is shorter than standard.
“We are committed to working for a healthier and more beautiful natural environment as the land and properties in our care face their biggest threat from climate change,” said Edward Wood, Head of Facilities Management at the National Trust.
“Much of what we look after is rural and reducing the carbon footprint of everyone who travels to our places will be critical to us being able to achieve our climate goals, including to be carbon net-zero by 2030.
“Installing EV charging points across our nationwide portfolio of places will help build the infrastructure needed to support the transition away from petrol and diesel and support us to fulfil our charitable purpose of caring for special places for everyone, for ever.”