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!

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.

If you run a tourism business in the Brecon Beacons and woud like to design a Twizy tour for us that features your business, please get in touch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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. 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.


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.

Renault ZOE and Twizy arrive in BreconZE Tour in the Brecon BeaconsEV Renault and ZE Tour at BreconTest drive a Twizy in Wales and hire

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 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

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.

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.

October Twizy Update

Compressed Tomos in hills

Our visitors are still having fun twizzling around the Brecon Beacons even though autumn has now definitely arrived. Next week (11-15th Oct) sees the start of the Hay Walking Festival and a great opportunity to hire a Twizy to reach the start of your walk and add something to the day's experience in this beautiful area.

We now have 33 informal charge points added to our local Eco Travel Network - in fact, we possibly have the greatest density of charge points per population of anywhere in the UK! All the Twizys need is somewhere to park within extension cable reach of a 13amp socket and local pubs, cafes, activity centres and historic attractions have all joined our network offering a variety of different Twizy trips. Our network now stretches as far East as Abergavenny, North to Hay on Wye, South to Ystradgynlais and West to Llandovery!

In October, one of our local communities, Llangattock is borrowing one of our Twizys for a 4 week trial to see if it might work for them as a shared community vehicle for getting in and out of nearby Crickhowell (1 mile) or Abergavenny (7 miles).

We had our first ETN Members' meeting at Llansantffraed Court Hotel last month. The Twizys all lined up afterwards on the lawns for a photo shoot!

LLC Lawn compressed

Do get in touch with us if you fancy hiring a Twizy for a day or w/e or want to know more about our scheme. Or follow us on Twitter @ecofunkytravel

New Twizy hire and charge points

We are delighted to announce that we now have 6 different locations where visitors can stay and hire a Twizy for a day, a w/e or a week. Our first pioneering visitors have loved the Twizy experience - climbing over Gospel Pass, stopping for lunch in Hay on Wye or tea at The Angel in Abergavenny or simply popping down to the river for a swim on a hot day.

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Meanwhile, our local Twizy charge network is growing - we currently have 26 local businesses which make a fascinating choice of destinations for Twizzlers who want to eat, drink, visit an ancient monument, ride a horse or hire a canoe.

We are also starting to put together fun Twizy routes which make the most of our quiet scenic back roads and suggest interesting destinations.

Do get in touch if you would like to know more.