What's an "electric safari?"
Well, according to Upcott House proprietor Kay Bickley, an electric safari is the term used to describe a venture into a national park in a pure electric vehicle.
Upcott House, a luxury bed and breakfast in Okehampton, UK, uses a pair of Nissan LEAFs to take some of its guest on safari at nearby Dartmoor National Park.
Why electric? To not disturb the natural tranquility.
Electric makes perfect sense here as national parks are often delicate ecosystems, so zero emissions is the way to go. As an added bonus, the near-silent LEAF can get guests closer to some of the wildlife.
As Upcott House proprietor Bickley states:
"So many of our guests come to us to enjoy the stunning Dartmoor scenery and so using the LEAF to give them a safari-style experience seemed like the perfect idea. We already had two LEAFs and so we knew first hand how the model’s near silent running made driving through the park even more pleasurable. Now our guests are able to enjoy the same wonderful experience. So far our electric safaris have proved a big hit with our guests. They love being able to enjoy the scenery without the engine noise and also really appreciate knowing they’re not harming the environment they’ve come to admire."
Bickley installed a charging station at Upcott House, which can be used by guests as well as to charge the safari LEAFs.
The electric LEAFs were supplied by JFE Nissan Exeter.
JFE sales manager, Matthew Holcombe stated:
"I’ve never heard of a LEAF being used for anything like this before but it makes perfect sense. The LEAF’s a really comfortable car in which to do a bit of sightseeing and the fact it’s so quiet and cheap to run make it the ideal vehicle for the electric safari."
Let the electric safari sensation begin!