I’ve been meaning to post this here for a while. Last year we won the inaugural Green Transport prize in Edinburgh and have used some of the money to commission some cosmetic and not-so-cosmetic modifications to a Twizy to make it slightly more useful in rural environments: specifically with higher ground clearance, greater suspension travel, and some basic luggage carrying (and even bike-carrying!) facilities. The vehicle is now on the Isle of Eigg, the small inner Hebridean island that features in the famous Skye Boat song. The island isn’t connected to the mainland grid, but has one of its own powered by an impressive array of renewable energy generators: wind, hydro and solar. It will be tested out by several of the families there, and so far seems to be holding up OK. Range anxiety is not an issue on Eigg - the longest road trip is less than 5 miles - but power consumption is.
If you’re interested, you can read about the vehicle itself on our blog here and about the trial [URL=“http://ecofunkytravelling.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/toro-the-rural-twizys-trip-to-the-isle-of-eigg/”]here.