Twizy fleet for Wales
The recently launched Eco Travel Network is offering visitors to the Brecon Beacons National Park the chance to explore the area in one of its six Twizy two-seater EVs. Powered by electricity generated by sun, rain and wind power, the vehicles are aimed at reducing the 50,000 tonnes of CO2 produced on average per year by visitors covering 300 miles during a one-week holiday.
Eco Travel Network founding director Alison Kidd said: 'Most journeys in the UK are less than five miles but we do them in cars designed to go 500 miles at 70 mph.
'Changing attitudes starts with changing behaviour and the best way to trigger a new behaviour is to make it fun. The Eco Travel Network is about making greener travel novel and fun and people on holiday are more open to trying new, fun experiences. Hopefully, they will take that experience and different way of thinking back to their everyday lives.'
The Eco Travel Network owns and insures the fleet of vehicles and then leases them out to local accommodation businesses who join the network. They can then use the vehicles to promote their business or rent them out to their guests as an alternative to a normal hire car.
The network plans to grow the membership base and expand the electric vehicle offering over time. It has established more than 20 informal charging points in pubs, cafes and visitor attractions within the Brecon Beacons and is also working in partnership with Zero Carbon World and Welsh Road Trips to provide a greater recharging infrastructure.