So today was the day. It finally came. I ran out of charge on my way back from Lakeside (shopping mall).
However, I’m sure it wasn’t my fault…here’s why:
Upon pulling away in the Twizy this morning it didn’t feel anywhere near as nippy and I wasn’t as confident about pulling out at junctions. It just seemed sluggish. I did have my sister as a passenger but that shouldnt have made a huge difference, I’ve had passengers before and it’s been fine. (She isn’t that fat! lol)
Once I got to Lakeside I plugged it into a Source London charge point, but when I got back, the Twizy had actually consumed 1% of battery! How this is possible I do not know. There was 1% less battery than when I plugged it in. It didn’t bother me though, I still had 4 bars left and that should have been plenty to get me home, which is approximately 8 miles away from Lakeside.
How wrong I was. I had consumed 1 bar of power having travelled less than a mile. And then another bar less than a mile further on. Something felt very wrong but there was nothing I could do, I decided to try and drive as economically as possible and try and crawl home. However, it got to the point where I couldn’t get the Twizy to go any faster than 20mph and I had 0 bars left. I had to pull into a residential area and beg someone to let me use their plug.
Luckily I picked the right house, really nice woman who was clearly in the Xmas spirit as she was just putting her decorations up. She gave me a charge to 12% so that I could get the Twizy home. It was all quite embarrassing as it was the first time my sister had been in the Twizy, and then it goes and breaks down!
I can’t for the life of me figure out why the charge diminished so quickly, I’m pretty used to the range now having travelled 4,000 miles in it over the past 6 months. I’m guessing it may be a battery issue, but I will see how it goes this week otherwise I may have to call Renault.