hiyacar has collated 22 of the UK's most stunning car journeys - including the Causeway Coastal and North Coast 500 - and uncovered how many charging points there are per mile on each.
It’s likely that this summer will largely be spent in the UK, so what better way to make the most of it than packing up the car and heading for some of the beautiful scenery the British Isles has to offer?
Based on recent figures, it is also likely that many will be loading up the Sat Nav ahead of their journey in an electric vehicle (EV). Official government figures from the start of 2021 put over 150,000 zero-emission battery electric vehicles on the UK's roads - an increase of almost 100,000 since 2019. Plug-in hybrid and range-extended electric vehicles have also seen a significant increase, with government figures placing the number registered at around 185,000.
In order to help those with electric vehicles this summer, hiyacar has collated 22 of the most beautiful driving routes in the UK and calculated how many publicly accessible electric vehicle charging points are on each journey.
The scenic journey with the most EV charging points per mile was the B2306 route from Crawley to Brighton, with 23 charging points on the 24 mile journey. The A23 is the more usual road to take, but opting for the B2306 will allow drivers to admire the glorious West Sussex countryside.
This was followed by the A591 from Kendal to Grasmere in the Lake district, which has 16 charging points on the 18 mile journey. In third place was the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland, which has 45 places to charge a car on the 137 mile journey which includes the famous Giants Causeway and historic Dunluce Castle.
Here are the ten journeys with the most EV charging points per mile:
1. Crawley to Brighton, South East (B2306), 23 charging points, 22 miles
2. Kendal to Grasmere, Lake District (A591): 6 charging points, 18 miles
3. Causeway Coastal, Northern Ireland: 45 charging points, 137 miles
4. The Devon Coast, South West (Topsham to Torcross): 10 charging points, 45 miles
5. Pendle Witch Trail, North West (Lancaster to Barrowford): 7 charging points, 35 miles
6. Military Road, Isle of Wight (St Catherines Lighthouse to Freshwater Bay): 2 charging points, 11 miles
7. The Dragon’s Spine, Wales (A470) (Cardiff to Colwyn Bay): 30 charging points, 180 miles
8. Cotswolds, South West (Chipping Campden to Stroud): 6 charging points, 40 miles
9. North Norfolk Coast, East Anglia (Kings Lynn to Mundesley): 8 charging points, 62 miles
10. Atlantic Highway, South West (Bridgwater to Truro): 20 charging points, 156 miles
One of the most popular driving routes in the UK - the North Coast 500 - starts and ends at Inverness Castle but has the fewest charging points per mile. The incredible route links many features in the north Highlands, including ancient fortresses, stately castles, hidden coves and the white sand beaches of Achmelvich - but the remote nature of the journey means there is only 19 charging points on the 516 mile road trip, soEV drivers have to be tactical with their top ups on this epic route.
Some journeys included didn’t have any charging points at all. The B3135 from Cheddar to Ashwick - which goes through Cheddar Gorge, England's deepest natural canyon - is undoubtedly one of the most scenic routes in the world. There are no EV charging points on this route, however, if drivers head 7 miles to Rooks Bridge from Cheddar they will be able to charge up there.
Co-founder and CEO of hiyacar Graeme Risby said: “With the travel restrictions currently in place, it is likely that a lot of people will be opting for holidays at home this year. Taking a road trip or including some of these scenic routes as part of a longer journey is a great option to take in the breathtaking landscapes that the UK has to offer.”
“With the growing popularity of electric vehicles, we thought it was essential to make this a focus in our roundup of scenic routes. hiyacar are focusing on EV’s in 2021 and have a number of initiatives which will see a number of EV's deployed across London and the UK this year.”
The complete list
- Crawley to Brighton, South East (avoid A23, taking B2306): 23 charging points, 22 miles
- Lake District (Kendal to Grasmere): 6 charging points, 18 miles
- The Devon Coast, South West (Topsham to Torcross): 10 charging points, 45 miles
- Pendle Witch Trail, North West (Lancaster to Barrowford): 7 charging points, 35 miles
- Military Road, Isle of Wight (St Catherines Lighthouse to Freshwater Bay): 2 charging points, 11 miles
- Cotswolds, South West (Chipping Campden to Stroud): 6 charging points, 40 miles
- The North Norfolk Coast, East Anglia (Kings Lynn to Mundesley:) 8 charging points, 62 miles
- Atlantic Highway, South West (Bridgwater to Truro): 20 charging points, 156 miles
- Northumberland Coast, North East (Bamburgh Castle to Alnwick Castle): 2 charging points, 18 miles
- Snake Pass, Peak District (Glossop to Matlock): 3 charging points, 35 miles
- Cornwall, South West (St. Ives to St. Just): 1 charging point, 13 miles
- Best of the Moors, North Yorkshire (Malton to Staithes) 2 charging points, 50 miles
- Cheddar to Ashwick, South West (Cheddar to Ashwick): 0 charging points, 15 miles
- Dorset, South West (Weymouth to Bridport) 0 charging points, 20 miles
- Thwaite to Ingleton (via Buttertubs Pass), North Yorkshire: 0 charging points, 20 miles
- Causeway Coastal Route (Belfast to Londonderry): 45 charging points, 137 miles
- North Wales (Betws-y-Coed to Angelsy): 5 charging points, 50 miles
- Black Mountain Pass (Llandovery to Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen): 2 charging points, 19 miles
- The Dragon’s Spine (A470) (Cardiff to Colwyn Bay): 30 charging points, 180 miles
- North Coast 500, Scotland: 19 charging points, 516 miles
- Loch Lomond to Loch Ness (A82): 7 charging points, 125 miles
- Ben Nevis to the Isle of Skye: 5 charging points, 105 miles