Flock­ing to the Lakes with the Twizy

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MOTORS -

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

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