Well our Director for Wales has been bitten by the EV bug (Electric Vehicle) . Justin Albert the Director for Wales likes to practice what he preaches. He now travels the 100 or so miles in his Zoe from NT charging points to NT charging points. It can be done but does take planning, carefull driving and sometimes a little risk taking or should we say exploring the limits of the cars batteries. The car to date has exceeded expectations.
From all the previous blogs on electric vehicles we have spoken of ‘range anxiety’ and the need to lose ‘something’ in terms of weight. Well i will be testing one of the lightest electric vehicles in the country for the next year. Manufacturers are all looking for better batteries, nano technology is mentioned as well as rapid charging and more efficient electric motors. The answer to the EV conundrum is all of the above but above all of them is weight. Shift less mass and you go further and faster. I am now about to embark on a 12 month trial of a 12kg electric vehicle.
I am now the proud owner of a Cytronex electric assist bike. This is recognised as one of the lightest electric assist bikes around. But how practical? With Plas Newydd Marine source heat pump. Hafod y Llan and Craflwyn Hydro’s and Penrhyn castle within 20 miles of my home I have decided to shift into a very light electrically bike. (also should lose some of my own weight!) It will be an interesting 12 months to see how i get on with the very big hills, distance and precipitation issues (also being damp going into meetings!) . Being of a certain age and weight it will make for interesting blogging! Wonder if the bike likes lots of rain?
(awaiting a tsunami of leg pulling from colleagues!) Let he who is without sin cast…