Daily Express Article about Twizzling in the Brecon Beacons

A Daily Express journalist enjoys a w/e of exploring the Brecon Beacons National Park in an Eco Travel Network Twizy with her young children. They seemed to use the Twizy to get around all the places they wanted to visit and particuraly enjoyed the Twizy charge points with meals! I'm not keen on the "posh go-kart" tag to describe a Tiwzy but there you go.

With the ETN, you can hire a Twizy for a day or longer and stay in a hotel, Guesthouse, B&B or a self catering cottage. Lots to explore even in the winter.

The online article is here.

Luxury accommodation, Tea at the Angel and a spin in a Twizy

Enjoyable video of a stay in the Brecon Beacons - staying in luxury accommodation near Crickhowell, enjoying tea at the Angel, a spin in a Twizy and a ride on an electric bike.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XFA1699OZas

Z.E. Tour arrives in the Brecon Beacons

Renault Z.E. Tour arrives to join the the Electric Brecon Beacons EV Event - 9/10 November. The Eco Travel Network Twizys are joined by a new Welsh Twizy, we think she is called Tegan. Lovely Welsh dragon, tidy wheels and bit of carbon fibre, very smart. Tegan has already met Tomos and they have shared a few watts to get ready for Friday. The Renault ZOE travelled down to Wales with all the other ZE vehicles and are now settled into the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre.

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Taffy Twizy teaching physics

Christ College

ETN Members, Steve and Lynne of Old Radnor Barn in Talgarth loaned their Twizy (Taffy) to Christ College Brecon last week for the Physics Department to use him as a showcase piece for teaching physics to GCSE and A level classes. We are delighted to see use of the ETN vehicles branching out in all sorts of surprising directions. Read all about Taffy's week at Christ Coll here.

Brecon Beacons Tourist Businesses are invited to design a Twizy Trip

 Compressed Caerfanell drive

Over the winter months, we are inviting our business partners in the National Park to enjoy a free day out in an Eco Travel Network Twizy in return for providing us with a written ‘Twizy trip’ designed for visitors to encourage them to explore the area. We will publish these (with the author’s name) online.

Twizy trips might involve a 30-40 mile circular tour taking in interesting sights or attractions. Or they might involve travelling a short distance to park and take in a walk, visit a waterfall, enjoy a meal, see a castle or hire a canoe or canal boat.

If you are a Twizy charge point, you might want to design a trip which includes your business as the destination!

To apply to take part, please read the guidelines and then email a brief description of the trip you have in mind to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will check it’s Twizy-able and whether it’s too similar to ones already covered. Not all submissions will be selected to participate.

For insurance reasons, Twizy drivers must be 25 years or over.

If you would also like to try a free day out on an electric bike from Drovers Cycles and write an e-bike trip, then details for that are here. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

 

Electric Brecon Beacons Event 9/10 November

National Park Visitor Centre gears up for ‘Electric Brecon Beacons’ promoting sustainable travel

A pioneering network for electric vehicles will take centre stage at an ‘Electric Brecon Beacons’ event on November 9-10 - giving you the chance to try all sorts of sustainable travel options in the National Park.

The flagship two-day ‘Electric Brecon Beacons’ event at the National Park Visitor Centre, near Libanus, will create a spark with visitors, business operators and local residents by giving them the chance to get behind the wheel of electric vehicles, Twizys and even climb on the saddle of an electric bike.

Hosted by the Eco Travel Network and major car manufacturer Renault, this electric extravaganza will promote the green travel options open to visitors as well as local businesses and residents. The Eco Travel Network system of charging points in Brecon Beacons National Park is believed to be the most advanced in the UK, making it the perfect destination for a green travel fayre.

Representatives from Renault will be present at ‘Electric Brecon Beacons’ offering test drives of vehicles from Renault’s Z.E. electric range including the Fluence and Kangoo models, and there will even be a sneak preview of the new Renault ZOE car – which has not yet been launched in the UK.

Friday, November 9 will be a ‘trade day’ aimed at local business operators, giving them the opportunity to get behind the wheel of electric vehicles manufactured by Renault, including the small, lightweight Renault Twizy. There will also be the chance to find out how to set up a charging point and join the Eco Travel Network, how it can benefit your business, and information about Twizy rental.

Saturday, November 10 will see the ‘Electric Brecon Beacons’ event open to the general public. A fun agility course will be open for visitors to experience the thrill of driving a ‘rural chic’ Twizy, while test drives of Renault’s larger electric models will also be available. Organisers will promote Eco Travel Network Twizy hire and charge point locations around the area.

Ian Foster, one of the Founding Directors of the Eco Travel Network, said: “We now have seven lightweight electric vehicles buzzing around the National Park and over 38 charge points in the area and beyond. The ‘Electric Brecon Beacons’ event will give local businesses, residents and visitors the chance to get hands on and learn more about sustainable travel and the Eco Travel Network.

“We have enjoyed huge support from Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Renault UK and local Renault dealer Callow Marsh, in setting up the Eco Travel Network and we are looking to expand the project in the coming year.

“To complement the network we have hardware available to donate to businesses in order to make them electric vehicle friendly, and we may be able to help with installation too.”

Annie Lawrie, Visit Transport Officer for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, said: “With petrol prices continuing to rise, electric vehicles are a viable and environmentally friendly solution. We want to promote sustainable travel in the National Park, and we’re only too happy to support the Eco Travel Network and this forward thinking venture.”

Andy Heiron, Renault UK, Head of Electric Vehicles Programme, said: “Our current three-model range has already been attracting a lot of interest, especially the unique Twizy. The proof of the pudding though is trying them out. We’re confident that after experiencing the refined and responsive driving experience of a purely electric vehicle, combined with the financial and environmental benefits of switching to an electric vehicle, potential buyers will be smitten.”

Carys Howell, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s Member Champion for Visitor Centres, said: “Brecon Beacons National Park is world-renowned for its stunning landscapes, but the area is fast gaining a reputation as a leader in the green travel stakes thanks to the innovative Eco Travel Network. The ‘Electric Brecon Beacons’ event is a great opportunity for local businesses and residents to discover the exciting developments happening right on their doorstep.”

The ‘Electric Brecon Beacons’ event will be open between 10:00 and 15:00 on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10. Test drives for the full Renault electric vehicles need to be booked in advance by visiting www.renault.co.uk/ze-tour. If you want to drive a Renault Twizy you can turn up and drive it around the agility course on the day, but please be mindful that ALL drivers wishing to test drive a vehicle must bring a valid driving licence.

The Eco Travel Network was set-up after an initial research study into visitor transport in 2010 and is part-funded by the National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.

More details go to electric brecon beacons

Twizys and Trains

Last week, we tried an experiment with an unmanned pick up of an ETN Twizy (Tipyn from Llansantffraed Court Hotel) by a traveller ariving by train from Lancaster to stay a few days in the Brecon Beacons.

His blog about his Train-to-Twizy experiences is here.

This wsa a first experiment but we'd really like to find a way to make this a regular arrangement for visitors wishing to arrive by train but be free to explore the Beacons by Twizy.

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