Diesel generators used to power electric charging points at Glastonbury!

Diesel generators used to power electric charging points at Glastonbury!

This year’s UK train strikes meant that many people hoping to get to Glastonbury via the country’s railways had no choice but to make alternative arrangements. To reduce the environmental impact of the festival, organisers asked attendees to carshare where possible, or attend by bike and bus.

And yet, they had diesel generators operating their electric car chargers! A case of "global change is real, honestly, but do as we say, not as we do"?!

Situated in the heart of the Somerset Levels, hundreds of thousands of festival-goers descend on Worthy Farm every year from all corners of the UK and beyond, with many travelling by car.

Being in such a remote location, organisers informed electric vehicle owners before the festival that they have ‘very limited capacity’ to offer charging points on site. Instead, electric vehicle owners were advised to charge up before reaching Worthy Farm.

Prior to Glastonbury starting, organisers wrote on the website: “As a rural location, Worthy Farm has very limited capacity to offer electrical vehicle charging on site. Just as drivers of petrol or diesel cars need to make sure they have sufficient fuel for their journey, if you are travelling to the Festival in an electric or hybrid vehicle, it is important to make sure you have sufficient battery charge for your journey.

“Please charge before you travel to site - if you have less than 50 miles charge on approach to the site, please recharge before you enter the Festival car parks, making sure you have sufficient charge to start your return journey after the Festival.”

The statement then continued: “The AA will offer a limited - first come first served - emergency recovering charging facility (to members and non-members) onsite at Bronze car park only, off the A361. Emergency charging is at a fixed cost of £50 for up to an hour’s charge/80% battery (whichever is soonest).

“Payment is by card only. Please note this service is for emergency use only and cannot be guaranteed, so please do charge before you arrive.”

According to an AA worker there, the diesel generator which powers the electric charging points is present on the farm all year round, and is switched on as and when it is required!