Firstly big thanks to Dave from Grasmere who I purchased the Twizy from and Martin from evbitz.uk who provided the type 2 adapter to make the journey possible. Also Keith.H for selling me Kenneth’s powerbox that made the journey an absolute hoot.
My journey started early morning getting a train from Warrington at 0615 picking the car up at 8am and getting home approx 100 miles away at 8pm.
The stops where pre-planned based on zap-map being 1.free and 2. either 3pin (very few) and type 2 as I had evbitz.uk type 2 adapter to test.
I had 10 available on the route and the ones used on my map above.
The detail of the stops is below.
My 7 year old son came along for the ride and for the most part was great although waiting for the charge didn’t really compute for him!
OK let’s start with the negatives and I don’t mean with the Twizy just the journey.
Only had 2 charge issues 1. @ Renault Preston near docks there chargemaster point would not work with my type 2 connector. Said it worked earlier in day but didn’t hang around and went to St George’s shopping in Preston. Had 2 clear marked charging bays and 3 pin sockets. Only issue is the Twizy chunky plug would not fit. Luckily I had my utility knife and cut the plug down slightly to fit. Phew and only had 2hrs before closing to charge. Other than that every stop was perfect either the dealers couldn’t have helped more or the pod point stops worked flawlessly.
Now it’s in garage on charge for some proper fun later when not got range anxiety and driving like Miss Daisy.
Having the type 2 cable really made this journey possible and gives me the confidence to venture further as was especially impressed with the podpoint chargers at Lancaster University and Burscough. Will try another few local to me today just to confirm reliability.
The powerbox was simplicity in itself, picked up from Gilpin Bridge where Keith.H had kindly dropped off for me. Set to medium safe setting and wow. 0-30 is like a rocket. Didn’t use the power too much as had to save every mile. I did upgrade both brake regen to eek more out and did seem to help as miles left was always higher than travelled.
Suffice to say I will be adjusting it more later.
All in all was very enjoyable and proves what can be done. Saw some beautiful scenery by staying off main roads in Silverdale and had the perfect co-pilot in my brave son for attempting it with me.
Please ask any questions as I cannot put more in. Off to wash it and get ready for later.
Ian. Twizy Widnes