Good to see other micro electric cars for local journeys in development but, sadly, they are always city focused and not suitable at all for our rougher rural roads. Most disappointingly, they are always also way more expensive than Twizys. This Siemens-backed entrant (see above) is predicted to cost £17,500 – that’s 2.5 times the price of a Twizy and it would last 5 minutes with that clearance on our rural lanes.
Why is no-one excited by minimalistic design?? – how much fancy “car-ness” do you need if you are nipping down the road for a pint of milk or 5 miles through town to reach your office? As the Twizy (or for that matter buggies) show minimalism can be funky and cool. Over the years, stars at Hay Festival have certainly jumped at the chance to drive and be seen in our various eco-funky vehicles.
Jason Bradbury in our b-bug
John Barrowman in Thierry Twizy
Great to see the French team for the America’s Cup have been allocated Twizys to get them around in Bermuda! Excellent choice. Our Twizy fleet is associated with slightly slower moving boats!
We’re delighted that our 17 foot pedal boat, Winsome, is going to be doing the length of the Caledonian Canal from Inverness to Fort William at the start of May. Friends are borrowing the craft for the trip and pedalling in a good cause too. This is Winsome’s 2nd trip on the Caledonian – she was certainly a star on her earlier trip (see above) and we expect nothing less this time around. This is eco-travel at its most relaxing.
We really like the bench seat configuration (side by side seating) in this newly-announced Twizy variation, the Eli Zero Two. But giving it a fully enclosed cabin throws away the Twizy quirkiness and fun factor and makes it a pretty ordinary very small car. Couple that with a 25mph top speed and you have a very small and very slow car! Not a great combination. We’ll track its progress though while we continue our own side-by-side Twizy seating experiments.
Great to see our Eco Travel Network Twizy Toots out enjoying the spring sunshine on the stunning coastline around Arisaig. Toots can be hired from Sunnyside caravan site which has just re-opened for the 2017 season. Click here for the video and drink in the scenery!
One of our Twizy fleet, Twmpa, is spending a couple of months at Loughborough University Design School as part of our collaborative design project with the Niche Vehicle Network and Far UK. We are exploring the design parameters of a rural, side by side seater, ultra lightweight, low energy Twizy-like vehicle. The 3 month feasibility project is funded by Innovate UK.
Twmpa was welcomed at the Design School last week by a headless man – is this a good omen?