ELECTRIC or hybrid car owners are sure to be attracted to east Loch Lomond now that they can charge their vehicles at the Balmaha visitor centre car park.
And what’s more, they can do so for free thanks to the National Park picking up the bill for the first year as an incentive to eco-friendly drivers.
“We got in touch with the Energy Saving Trust last year and managed to secure a grant for the project,” says countryside project officer Dermot Smyth.
“After the first year of free charging we’ll set a tariff…and hopefully we’ll be able to get further funding to extend the scheme into other parts of the Park.”
The £12,000 grant covered the total cost of the machine, installation, signage and remarking of parking area which, after going out to tender, was carried out by APT Controls…so the only cost to the Park has been Dermot’s time.
The new charging point has two dedicated ‘green’ parking spaces right outside the visitor centre and is part of a National Park’s initiative to encourage electric vehicles further into the area.
For further info on charging points and related topics visit chargeyourcar.org.uk