Electric car charging facilities could be installed across Aberdeenshire to benefit those driving the region’s newest tourist route.
The Council is working alongside the North East 250 (NE250) organisation to approach visitor attractions with advice on installing points at its attractions.
There are around 140 on or near the circular route, which includes parts of Royal Deeside, Speyside, Banff and Buchan coasts and Aberdeen City.
Installing charger points is expected to take around a year and, its hoped, will increase visitors numbers.
Peter Argyle, chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, said: “With the NE250 encompassing large parts of Aberdeenshire we are happy to be part of a project that encourages visitors to the region.
“It also fits well with the work of the sustainable development and transportation infrastructure teams at the council and will help us progress towards our target of reducing carbon emissions.”
Guy MacPherson-Grant of Ballindalloch Castle instigated the route in 2017.
He said: “By making the driving experience friendly for owners of electric vehicles this helps make it a more sustainable offering and reinforces the route as one of national significance for tourists.”
Charger installation has been backed by agencies and authorities including Moray Council and Transport Scotland.
The partnership are working with Scottish and Southern Energy Networks to identify electrical restraints and with Transport Scotland and the Energy Saving Trust to secure grants.
Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson said: “I welcome the proposals from Aberdeenshire Council to develop a wider charging network across the NE250.
“They will help raise awareness of the many benefits of electric vehicles and strengthen range confidence for both local communities and visitors alike.”