WEYMOUTH has come out top in a new poll of the most electric car-friendly places for a staycation.

As the nation emerges from lockdown, and with the growth of electric cars accelerating to 7.5 per cent of overall sales, the UK’s best electric car friendly staycation locations have been revealed by consumer website Electrifying.com.

The poll looked at a range of visitor destinations with Weymouth being named as the best 'beside the seaside' location due to the number of charging points for electric vehicles.

A spokesman for Electrifying.com said: "Famous for its sweeping bay and Georgian architecture, Weymouth has a surprisingly extensive charging infrastructure. Despite being on the Jurassic Coast, there’s nothing pre-historic about the town’s charging facilities which include a pair of bp pulse 150kWh ultra-rapid chargers and three 50kW rapid units in and around the town.

"These include a unit at Lidl on Portland, which has a spectacular view of Chesil Beach. For those with longer to charge, a new Aldi has just opened with six 22kW AC posts, while the Sainsburys next door boasts a further eight 3kW connectors. Six more 22kW units have also just gone live in two of the town’s public car parks."

Weymouth beat competition from Aberystwyth, Wales; Bridlington, East Yorkshire; Redcar, North Yorkshire and Baggy Point in Devon, to the top spot.

Ginny Buckley, founder of Electrifying.com, said: “We can travel again, places are opening for business and there’s a reasonable chance that the sun will come out at some point between now and the seemingly inevitable onset of winter. For tens of thousands of drivers who joined the electric revolution over the past 18 months, this represents the first time that journeys can have something lovely at the end of them, whether that’s an afternoon at the seaside or a longer break in a cottage.

"It is safe to say the nation is understandably desperate to escape and enjoy themselves. With foreign travel heavily restricted, our guide covers some of the UK’s finest destinations and places to go.

A short stay in the UK, a road trip or simply visiting a fantastic attraction with friends or family can be just what you need. But with a rapidly growing contingent of electric car owners, it is essential that they are catered for. We hope when we announce next year’s list, we’ll have even more contenders for best electric car friendly places to visit.”

To see the full list visit of categories and winners visit www.electrifying.com/blog/article/the-great-electrifying-getaway