Holiday-makers invited to join b-bug EV trial
July 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
Visitors to the Brecon Beacons in Wales can benefit from free local transport for 3-5 days – by getting involved with field-testing of the locally-built b-bug all-electric buggy. The b-bug, the work of Dragon Electric Vehicles of Crickhowell, is a four-wheel ‘quadricycle’ suitable for local use; the two initial prototypes have a range of just 20-25 miles and a top speed of 30mph, but are perfectly adequate for pottering around the local area.
Dragon Electric Vehicles is planning small-scale production of the b-bug, with versions able to do up to 70mph; MD John Lilly says that, at around £6000 plus VAT, it will be the cheapest four-wheeled EV on sale in the UK.
In the meantime, the two prototypes – ‘Boris’ and ‘Blodwyn ‘- are being offered as “funky green transport for visitors to the Brecon Beacons”, with the only proviso being that users need to give feedback on their experiences. A network of friendly places to plug in has been established, and the b-bugs will be largely powered by electricity from local micro-hydro turbines. To find out more, check out the b-bug blog.