Last Saturday 19th I finally collected my Twizy (ex demo) from a Renault dealer in Essex and drove it home all across London. I had the windows on (part of the deal) unzipped but they are now out completely to enjoy the glorious weather we are having so far.
I drove the car this morning on my way to work (15.2 miles) from a 100% charge and I have plenty left for the journey back. It won’t be the same in the middle of the winter but I am enjoying the summer first.
I would like to make a comment with regards to the charging PODs available across London. I was not sure I could make the journey back home on one full charge after collecting the Twizy so I registered from the SourceLondon website. I received my card and starting planning my journey for the shortest and most direct route. it turns out to be 42.9 miles in a mixed of A & B road.
My plan was to stop mid way at a specific charging POD registered with SourceLondon with a backup plan. I also checked the availability on the SourceLondon website and all was well. Unfortunately I got lost (forgot my glasses and could not read the screen of my phone) but when I finally arrived at the first POD… No POD at all, just a parking space for 2 electric vehicles and a small hole with a big electric cable inside!
I called the 24/24 help desk to report it and they did no know the POD has been removed. They apologized and told me of the nearest POD available at a WAITROSE car park only 1.9 miles away… When I arrived the POD was again out of service and occupied my 2 petrol cars. I called again and this time it was ASDA nearly 4 miles away in the wrong direction.
I then looked at my sat nav, 12 miles away from home and the Twizy…16 miles… I took my chances and drove home carefully but not desperately slowly and made it with 4 miles left. The moral is, DO NOT trust the SourceLondon map for updates as the privately owned POD companies do not seems to update SourceLondon with maintenance and out of service PODs.
Thanks for reading and thanks for all the advises available on the forum as they were a great source of information and helped me take the decision to purchase a Twizy.
I have now a very very big smile on my face… I am close to 50 but feels like 21 again! I kept asking my wife over the week-end if we needed something from the shops as an excuse to drive the Twizy around.