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Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading and Leeds: EV chargers near the UK’s biggest summer music festivals

Festival season is here. Tents are folded, beers chilled and cars packed to the brim.

From Leeds to Cornwall and Somerset to Suffolk, music fans will be travelling hundreds of miles this summer to see world-famous artists strut their stuff on stage.

And with many festivals taking place in rural parks, farms and estates, getting to and from the event needs careful planning.

The out-of-the-way nature means you’ll likely need plenty of time to navigate traffic but, more importantly, you’re unlikely to find any EV charging infrastructure at the event itself.

That means charging up before you arrive so have plenty of juice when you want to head home for that glorious post-festival shower. Even better, the near-silent ride in your EV will give your eardrums a welcome break.

To help you plan, we’ve identified the nearest Electric Super Hubs or Electric Forecourts® to the UK’s biggest music festivals, no matter whether you’re throwing shapes at Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading or Leeds.

At these charging locations you’ll find a bank of High Power 350kW-capable units, which will recharge your car quicker than a set by the headline act. Each is fitted with both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors and compatible with contactless payment.

Of course, there plenty of other Medium Power chargers at sites across the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway, too, if you aren’t in a rush or just want a little bit of extra downtime before setting off again.

The best electric cars for music festivals

Heading to a festival and need plenty of space to pack your friends and gear? Check out the list below for the best EVs for your weekend getaway.

Skoda Enyaq iV

If you’re travelling with mates to a festival then the Skoda Enyaq iV offers unrivalled space and comfort for the journey. The large SUV has head and legroom for five adults plus a 585-litre boot. That’s more than enough for camping equipment and your spare clothes. The low load lip on the boot makes it easy to slide luggage in and out, too. The smaller 62kWh will give you a healthy 246 miles but the bigger 82kWh has a festival-friendly range of 339 miles.

Volkswagen ID. Buzz

The modern-day representation of the festival icon. No Glastonbury trip would be complete without an old ‘splitty’ and with the VW ID. Buzz you can recreate that in electric form. Up front are two large lounge seats complete with armrests, and there are three seats on the bench across the back. Clever little cubbyholes throughout mean there’s plenty of space to store your phone, tablet, emergency snacks and water bottles. There are also eight USB-C ports in here, so your electronic devices will never be without power. Range is well over 200 miles and there’s over 1,000 litres of boot space.

MG 5

The MG 5 is the only electric estate meaning that it’s incredibly spacious for passengers and luggage… and at a push you could take a mattress and stretch out in the back (the boot is 464 litres up to the parcel shelf). It might not turn heads in the festival car park but few can match its remarkable value-for-money, with a 250-mile range plenty to get you from your house to the front row.

Hyundai IONIQ 5

Want to travel in style and comfort? The Hyundai IONIQ 5 does just that with over 250 miles range and 500 litres boot space. The retro looks will certainly turn heads in the queue for parking while you’ll have a queue of your own forming to take advantage of its vehicle-to-load technology. This allows you to use the car battery to power electronic devices – you could even set up your own karaoke. Don’t worry about running the battery down as it’s got some of the fastest charging capability on the market – just five minutes to add 62 miles. And when the festival gets too much, you can relax in the fully-reclining front seats.

Tesla Model Y

No ‘best of’ EV list would be complete without a Tesla, and the Model Y is the one you’ll want for festival trips. It’s fast, spacious and the touchscreen tablet will easily let you play your favourite artists in preparation for seeing them live. The boot is massive so you’ll have room for tents, sleeping bags and clothes for you and all your friends. There’s even a deep underfloor area and even a separate ‘frunk’ (front boot) for storing muddy boots if the heavens open.