Can you overdose on Electric Vehicles..? Nah bring it on. National Trust cramming EV evaluation

Lots and lots of choice. Wall to wall or should i say tower to tower electric vehicles at the stunning Chirk castle

Lots and lots of choice. Wall to wall or should I say tower to tower electric vehicles at the stunning Chirk castle

It was a long hard day trying out lots and lot of electric vehicles at Chirk Castle. (drop the ‘hard bit’) Thanks to Steve Harland of the National Trust Procurement team we had over 24 manufacturers and wall to wall electric vehicles. He has been working with Lex Auto leasing and SHB hire and they have done us proud in bringing together such a divers collection of electric vehicles together for the National Trust team to evaluate… and there was a lot to evaluate! …..”Can this carry a tonne? Ground clearance for our track is a bit tight” Does it come in pink?” (ok, not pink) and variations on ‘how much, how far, how long?” Kevin from the charity ZeroCarbonWorld was also on hand to help with questions around the charging points.

The EV market is moving and at pace. Expanding and also offering more choice. It was interesting to see VW’s take on EV which was to sort of offer it as an extra on a standard car. Where as BMW had gone down the slightly more bespoke route (ps both were excellent cars). Not sure there has been such a concentration of EV’s like this in Wales before but with the back-cloth of Chirk Castle it was a special day. (ps Chirk is also crammed full of energy efficiency and renewables as well). Looking forward to when we move as an organisation to this sort of vehicle becoming the norm and not the extra.

Cheesy grins all round. Adam from Bodnant has been looking for a utility EV for a few months now. Nothing beats trying a few together

Cheesy grins all round. Adam from National Trust Bodnant has been looking for a utility EV for a few months now. Nothing beats trying a few together

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The past and the future?

Chirk also has two electric vehicle charge points, which were in full use!

Chirk also has two electric vehicle charge points, which were in full use!

Shane looking resplendent...

Shane the property General Manager showing the latest visitor EV offering at the Castle. Looking resplendent…

 

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3 Responses to Can you overdose on Electric Vehicles..? Nah bring it on. National Trust cramming EV evaluation

  1. Is there a list of all the vehicle you tested?

    • Keith Jones says:

      off the top of my head but i will ask

      Renault Zoe and Kangoo
      VW UP and Golf
      Citroen CI and Berlingo
      Peugeot iON and Partner
      Mitsubishi Outlander Phev
      Nissan Leaf and NV200
      BMW i3
      Toro Workman

      we also have a Land Rover 4×4 EV on the main farm

      and then we got into a world of buggies, trucks, minibuses, power barrows, off road… and on and on

  2. Ceri Donovan says:

    Hi Keith,
    I’m part of a team at Cardiff University looking at the use of EVs in rural areas and tourist destinations – it would be very interesting to hear your opinion and experiences for our study, but I can’t find any contact details?! I can be reached at donovanc4@cardiff.ac.uk
    An no, I don’t think you can overdose on electric vehicles!

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