Flocking to the Lakes with the Twizy
THE 100 per cent electric Renault Twizy is helping to preserve one of the most beautiful and popular tourist destinations in the UK as part of an innovative car sharing scheme that provides visitors to the Lake District with an unforgettable and environmentally-compatible way to experience the beautiful region.
The vehicles are a core component of the ‘See More’ programme, being delivered in partnership by Cumbria County Council, The Lake District National Park Authority and Cumbria Tourism, which is committed to enhancing visitor transport services in addition to reducing the impact of travel on the local environment. The carsharing scheme includes ten Renault Twizys that are available to hire from eight different locations in Keswick and Ullswater. The scheme is run in association with Co-wheels Car Club – the UK’s only independently-owned national car club that provides low emission, hybrid and electric cars on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Agile, compact and light weight, the zero-emissions Renault Twizy is perfectly suited to the infrastructure of Ullswater and Keswick. The Twizy provides tourists with the ideal vehicle in which to explore the area and offers the peace of mind that their visit will have the minimum impact on the environment’s outstanding beauty and its road network. The Twizy’s silent running also ensures that engine noise won’t effect the environment or tourists’ sightseeing experience.
With the ultimate aim of encouraging visitors to leave their own cars at home, the availability of the Renault Twizys offers those arriving in the area by coach or train the option to easily experience picturesque parts of the Lake District that are unreachable by public transport. The car-sharing scheme is also designed to appeal to motorhome owners staying at local campsites, providing an alternative to taking their vehicles into more confined areas and doing away with the need to tow an additional, more manoeuvrable car that can be used for sightseeing.
Already one of the most eye-catching vehicles around, the two-seat Twizys have been made even more distinctive with a sheep livery. Each has also been named in traditional dialect (a mix of Westmorland and Cumberland numbers). To provide a level of protection against the elements, all of the Twizys have been specified with optional scissor doors and windows.
The arrival of the Twizys comes at a particularly busy time for Cumbria. With the holiday season fast approaching, work continues at a pace to rectify the significant flood damage from December’s heavy rain.
On the launch of the Twizy car sharing scheme, Nicola Parker, programme manager for Cumbria Tourism’s See More programme, said: “This new flock of electric Twizys are all about offering visitors a fun, quirky way to experience the unique Lake District landscape – particularly at a time when we need to show visitors that it is still well and truly business as usual after the recent floods.
The Twizys, with their traditional dialect names in brackets below, are available to hire on an hourly, half day or full day basis from:
To find out more about the scheme, visit: www.co-wheels.org.uk/twizyflock