Electric car scheme launched in Lake District

An idea to get some of the Lake District's tourists swapping petrol for the plug has been launched. Visitors can now hire electric cars to see the greenery the green way. It's part of a scheme to cut carbon emissions produced by the area's 16 million visitors a year.

Two cars based at the Langdale Hotel have been launched by the group Go Lakes travel. By 2015 they aim to have 15 electric cars available for hire in the Lake District. There are currently only three charge points in the National Park, Nick Lancaster is from the Langdale Hotel, he explained to ITV Border how this shouldn't be a problem, and explained how the scheme will work.

The electric cars add to the growing mix of options visitors can use to get around the National Park. Earlier in the year electric bikes were launched as part of the same scheme.

Alistair Kirkbride works for the Lake District National Park Authority.