The Twizy is quite simply fantastic fun on four wheels. It’s a tiny electric car that thinks it’s a Ferrari. And when you drive one you’ll get as much attention, if not more, as if you were driving one of the most iconic cars in the world. For the sixth of the ‘Challenge Zoë’ adventures for the Kendal Courier I whizzed off round the little lanes of the southern Lake District to test it out. Here’s the article that appeared in the December edition of the magazine.
“Oh, it’s adorable … What is it?” The American woman’s response was typical. Everywhere I went in the Twizy, people smiled, took photos, and wanted to have a go. I explained that it was an electric car and yes, of course she and her friends could all take photos. Then I was off again on my silent way through the lovely lanes of the Lake District.
An hour or so earlier I had left the Langdale Hotel, where I was staying, having been given a quick briefing on how to drive the Twizy. “It’s very easy. All you do is turn on the engine, put it into Drive and off you go. It’ll do at least 40 miles before it needs charging and here’s a map showing routes and free Charge points. You could head over to the L’al Ratty via the best drive in the Lake District or go over Kirkstone Pass to the Ullswater Steamer. Or just have a wander about the villages and country roads.”
Guests at the hotel can hire a Twizy for £10 per hour. They are part of Cumbria tourism’s Go Lakes ‘Drive Less, See More’ transport initiative which includes lots of interesting ideas about how to travel around the Lake District. The Langdale Estate leases the vehicles from Co-Wheels Car Club which provide an eco-friendly alternative to private car use.
Yes, you can charge it from an ordinary plug, top speed’s about 50 miles per hour and yes, it is a bit chilly with no windows so wrap up warm. And there are a number of places in the Lakes where you can hire them. But be warned – you won’t go unnoticed. This tiny vehicle really has got the X-Factor … and it is so much fun to drive!