These Are UK’s Most Remote Charging Points

Wed 17th Aug 2022

If you are going to offer off-road driving capabilities in your latest EV, it might be a good idea to do some research to ensure there are plenty of opportunities to charge your vehicle.

But that’s exactly what Jeep have done to celebrate their new 4xe line. The ‘Jeep Remote Charge Point Index’ considers the number of local residents in each charge points specific postcode; a more remote location is indicated by a lower number of local residents and compares this to the distance from the nearest town or city with over 10,000 residents. These numbers are then balanced and provide an index number, with higher numbers indicating ‘more remote’ locations.

To celebrate their move to zero emission freedom, Jeep has revealed the 20 most remote electric charge points across the UK, encouraging people to plan exciting new road trips.

Across Britain, there are over 42,000 electric vehicle charge points; the research was conducted by Jeep to show that while the majority of charge points are currently located in larger towns and cities, the network is gradually expanding to more remote areas.

The ‘Remote Charge Point Index’, made to celebrate the entire Jeep® 4xe line including the just released plug-in Grand Cherokee, Compass 4xe, and Renegade 4xe, ranked the five most distant charging stations in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

According to a survey conducted by ScotThon, Lochinver Community Hall is the most popular destination in Scotland and the UK. It has beautiful mountain views, white sandy beaches, and is located on the North Coast 500, a popular driving route. 

Scrabster Harbour on the north coast of Scotland and other sites are among the most remote charge points in Scotland. Visitors may also want to visit Farr Bay, where they may see otters, seals, or golden eagles, to feel as if they are on the edge of the world.

According to the Jeep research, the most distant charge point in England, Etal Village Hall, is just over 15 minutes from Northumberland National Park.

Visitors can still explore the village, but they'll find the remnants of a ruined medieval castle and Northumberland's only thatched pub. Alwington, where visitors may take a North Devon coastline tour, and the Yorkshire Dales, where they may view Asgarth Falls National Park's picturesque waterfalls, are among the top five destinations for road trippers.

Guests can begin wild walks and enjoy stunning sea views from Gara Rock in South Devon, where charge points are available. Alternatively, drivers can recharge their vehicles at Buckden for hikers wishing to add Buckden Pike or Birks Fell to their list of peaks conquered.

Plas Yn Rhiw, a 16th century manor house in Wales’ most remote charging point, is a favourite destination for National Trust enthusiasts. Guests can also explore the small wooded area as they enjoy coastal views of Porth Neigw, “Hell’s Mouth” bay.

There are other Welsh charge points that you may visit when you are in the Shropshire Hills. Nant yr Onnen is one of them, where you can learn about the legend of Twm Sion Cati, the Welsh Robin Hood, or straddle the border between England and Wales while visiting Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle. You may also head to the coast and ride the Cors-y-gedol and Neolithic trackway on your mountain bike, or find more than 200 species of shells at Shell Island in North Wales.

Driving an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle, Northern Ireland's most remote charge station can be found in Belleek, County Fermanagh, which borders the Republic of Ireland. Guests planning a journey around Ireland can stop and admire this serene village famous for its pottery while recharging.

Near those ‘remote’ charge sites, other sites are waiting to be explored, including the southernmost town in Northern Ireland, Kilkeel, the picturesque crossroads village of Plumbridge, natural limestone caves on Cuilcagh Mountain, the picturesque foothills of which house Marble Arch Caves, and Castlederg, where you can see a ruined castle and two ancient tombs known as the Druid's Altar and Todd's Den.

“With hybrid and electric vehicles becoming more widely used and customers having a wider range of vehicle options, we wanted to show that the current charging infrastructure does cover some remote, off-the-beaten track locations that are worth travelling that bit further to,” said Damian Dally, Jeep’s UK Managing Director.

“As we increase our electric offering with the addition of the Jeep® Compass 4xe and Renegade 4xe plug-in hybrids, Jeep® Compass and Renegade e-hybrids and the recently unveiled all new Jeep® Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid - the most technologically advanced, 4x4 capable and luxurious Grand Cherokee yet - we want to encourage drivers across the UK to take on the challenge of visiting some of the locations listed on our ‘Remote Charge Point Index’ and discover the small villages, towns and communities they’re situated in.”