New eco-friendly travel app aims to recharge nature in South Scotland
Scottish start-up Electrek Explorer is implementing the Recharge in Nature pilot initiative in a partnership with NatureScot and the Southern Uplands Partnership. Financial support has come from South of Scotland Destination Alliance, Destination Net Zero and South of Scotland Enterprise.
The application will provide information on charging points for cars and electric bicycles, as well as on beauties, walks and trails and areas of natural interest.
Elaine Ford, Director of Electrek Explorer, said: âThis app shows new ways to engage with nature and explore a beautiful part of the country.
âThis is an exciting opportunity to help promote nature-based tourism, while accelerating the transition to low-carbon electric travel down the road to net zero. “
The app will help guide people along organized routes for electric cars and bicycles. As part of a larger program, the team is creating a new ‘data atlas’ for e-bikes in the south of Scotland to improve access and usability along cycle routes. It will highlight businesses and locations that are suitable for electric vehicles (EVs) and e-bikes.
NatureScot’s head of strategic planning, Simon Brooks, said the âpioneeringâ initiative would promote the region’s natural world in a ânew and engaging wayâ.
He added: “We can’t wait to see people come out and enjoy all that nature has to offer – while tackling the climate emergency through low carbon travel and responsible tourism based on the nature.”
The pilot aims to encourage active travel and to make natural sites more accessible to everyone. It will also connect people with housing suitable for electric vehicles, local businesses, wildlife hotspots, walks, adventure activities, volunteer work and community groups.
The initiative hopes to minimize “range anxiety” by providing integrated information about electric vehicles, as well as nature-based tourist information and route planning. Ultimately, this will support people in using low carbon travel options.
Pip Tabor, head of the partnership at the Southern Uplands Partnership, said the organization has been promoting nature-based tourism and sustainable development for many years.
âThis project brings the two together in an innovative way. We are delighted to participate in the realization of the idea, âhe added.