Eco Travel Network wins Green Transport Prize

Compressed GT Award 1

The Eco Transport Network is delighted to have won the inaugural Green Transport Prize run by Edinburgh College in partnership with St Andrews University, Edinburgh Napier University, and SEStran (South East Scotland Transport Partnership). You can read the full report in The Scotsman here.

 

The Eco Travel Network (ETN) operates a fleet of ultra low energy electric vehicles (Renault Twizys) in the Brecon Beacons National Park in mid Wales. Aided by a start-up grant from the Brecon Beacons Sustainable Development Fund, the ETN was launched in July 2012 as a not-for-profit company that enables visitors and residents to move around with far less energy but far more fun.

Because they use so little energy, the Twizys can be charged using solar, hydro and wind energy which is in plentiful supply in rural Wales.

Visitors to the Brecon Beacons can stay at one of our attractive member locations and enjoy exploring this beautiful area in an eco-funky vehicle. We also have a lightweight charging network of 40 pubs, cafes and attractions across the National Park who welcome visiting Twizys.

Alongside promoting the concept of ultra lightweight electric vehicles in rural areas across the UK where public transport is sparse, we plan to use the £50k Green Transport Prize to invest in the design of a more rugged rural version of a Twizy-like vehicle which would be ideally suited to such locations.

If you would like more information about the Eco Travel Network, call us on 01874 665401 or 01497 842935 or email mail @ ecotravelnetwork.co.uk Follow us on Twitter @ecofunkytravel

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following for all their help and support in establishing this innovative scheme here in Wales.

BBNP Sustainable Development Fund,

ETN members,

Renault ZE UK and Callow Marsh in Hereford,

Brecon Beacons Tourism,

ETN Charging Network businesses,

The Green Valleys

Zurich Muncipal insurance. 

Alexander Marr Associates.

 


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Twizys star at Talgarth Walking Festival

twizy-twf-1 3Tilly, Tracy & Taffy played a starring role at the inaugral Talgarth Walking Festival over the May Bank Holiday w/e. Parked in the courtyard of the popular Talgarth Mill and Bakers' Table Cafe, they attracted the usual interest (and questions) from young and old. Visitors also enjoyed the opportunity to try a Twizy. Talgarth Mill and cafe are one of more popular charging point destinations for visiting Twizzlers - historical interest, delicious food and fabulous hills to explore above the town.

At any time of year, visitors to Talgarth can hire Taffy Twizy from Steve and Lyn at Old Radnor Barn right next to the main town car park.

ETN Finalists for Green Transport prize

Eco Travel Network just been announced as one of 6 finalists for the Edinburgh College "Green Transport Prize". Out of the 6 finalists, 3 winners will be announced on 14th May. http://www.scotsmanconferences.com/viewconference.aspx?id=31

Not sure we can realistically make it to Edinburgh by Twizy - think it'll have to be the train this time!

 

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Luggage carrying options for the Twizy

Following recent discussions with Arriva Trains Wales about possible Twizy rental pick up at Abergavenny railway station, we've been exploring better luggage carrying capabilities for the ETN Twizys.

Our Twizzling visitors don't seem to require a lot of carrying capacity when they are out for a day in a Twizy (except for dogs!) but a pair of visitors who might want to arrive by train and pick up a Twizy there to drive to their accommodation would need something. We imagine that the box might be removed then for them to travel around the area during their stay and reloaded when they are on their way back to the station with all their luggage. This kind of carrying capacity might also make possible the odd Twizy tour which takes in an overnight stay somewhere else along the lines of Welsh Road Trips. We don't see the Twizy as an ideal vehicle for longer tours but you never know!

Thierry roof box

You can see here the state of our current experiment with the smallest size Halford roof box and a set of roof bars carefully adapted so that the weight is borne by the Twizy chassis and not the roof panel. We're grateful to BCCP couriers for pioneering this solution. In the ETN case, we're keen that the whole contraption is easily and quickly removeable when it's not needed. We would need to specify the weight which could safely be carried in the box but we imagine (or at least hope!) that w/e visitors to the Brecon Beacons who arrive by train don't typically carry enormous weight.

The next stage of investigation is to find out how much an empty (or full) luggage box affects the Twizy's range. Because of air resistance, there obviously will be an effect but we don't yet know how bad that might be. Watch this space for further updates. Meanwhile, testing would be easier if it would simply stop snowing here!

166 mile Twizy Adventure

Comp Llandeilo en route

Twizys are ideal for short trips but occasionally it's fun to see just how far you can get on such a small amount of electricity... we'd also strongly recommend a visit to Dinefwr National Trust Park and castle to our Brecon Beacons Twizzlers.

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Tipyn visits Monmouth - Twizy video trip

Mike Erskine took Tipyn from Llansantffraed Court Hotel for a day trip to Monmouth and Symonds Yat including a trip to the Wye Valley butterfly zoo.

You can enjoy his Twizy video trip.

 

 

New Twizy Tour - Waterfalls & Reservoirs

Thumbs up for Twizy

We have a new "Twizy tour" to add to our growing collection. This one is courtesy of photographer, Will Lewis who enjoyed a day out in Tomos Twizy from Brecon Holiday Cottages exploring the reservoirs and waterfalls above Talybont. You can read Will's description of his tour here.

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