Test Driving Electric Cars In Cumbria

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Water into wine, a parking car and a woodchip helicopter? not quite .

At the end of February we took 7 cars (2 x BMWi3 s, 2 x Nissan Vauxhall Ampera, Renault Zoe Kangoo ze van) to the Lakes Trade Show in Grasmere. on to see what happened .

Who could predicted such horrendous over 2 days in Feb well OK, who lives in Cumbria, but we d had our fingers for several days and hoped was going to help.  It didn t and as a born and bred I ve rarely rain like it before, would say it was of biblical proportions! It t stop Rick Lomax Nurture Lakeland having a smile on his face though! into smiles (better wine in my opinion!!)

Rick s smile after his first in an electric car

If you re wondering what can a smile like this to a man when it s been pouring rain for 2 days then no more!  This is Rick s after having his first drive in a Nissan Leaf at the Hospitality Association Trade at the Daffodil Hotel in Grasmere.

He wasn t alone.  With thanks to Edgars of Rowrah, Townley of Barrow in Furness, Bristol Motors, Benfield Motors and BMW Carlisle at their busiest of year we pulled together 7 cars for visitors to the trade to ride and/or drive in. 100 took advantage of their

 That s over 100 people who electric cars were didn t go far and were too expensive to be in Cumbria.  I promise you, not one of left without a huge on their face.

Getting 7 for people to drive doesn t like much of a challenge it?  Until you consider, if it was that why hasn t it been done in the North West for electric before?  Believe it or not this was the time 5 different proper cars (we had 2 of the Nissan Leafs and BMW had been brought together in the West.

 Add to that the fact we re a two person business, already flat out and you start to get an idea of how of a challenge it was.

Our mission was to stimulate the conversation about cars within the Cumbrian industry, raise awareness the different types of vehicle and above all to make sure in the race for funding for electric and charging points to make that Cumbria doesn t out.

Did we have problems the cars to the trade show all they have limited don t they?  Yes, we did have problems, particularly as the hotel the trade show didn t electric vehicle charging but we drove 5 out of the 7 to Grasmere (with the of our friends at Rexel Energy and contrary to what most think most of the cars we had at the could be charged with a 10a 3 pin plug!  It was a bit slower, but we managed to form the generators on site for the show.

Electric cars charging the day the Ride Drive at the Lakes Trade Show


Notice the van in the Renault Kangoo ZE perfect for local produce to be used in the industry.

There were a really remarkable things happened during the show. was the appearance of Peter Foster to help us out he drove for 2 days for us, in miserable weather with a smile for the whole period. and I can t thank Peter enough for his getting people about in the Leaf.

Peter doing one of his day

For the whole of the first day and most of the day, despite running and forwards with many people the cars didn t any charging until the evening. original theory was that we had one car charging another would be and we would get a maximum of 22 drives/day.  We had a hundred people in the cars 2 days about half and the other half being run and forwards to their cars.

Both journeys were 2-3 round trips in miserable and more than double the of trips we thought we d manage having to re-charge batteries.

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watching the BMWi3 park was breathtaking literally, the first I was in the car with Ryan from BMW and it parked itself I held my until it had finished.  No hands, no parked perfectly watch Fat Chat Show  to see how it was done and  to see you really believe that helicopter exists.  Cars themselves, rain in biblical maybe it does exist

of Rowrah Nissan Leaf at Eldergove BB in Ambleside. I m not sure s exactly where we left it .

Charging overnight was partly via generator and mostly from hotels and BB s in the locality.  Ambleside Inn and Eldergrove BB were amazing, us out on the first 2 nights with

Vauxhall Ampera charging of Eldergrove BB

Paul McDougall of BB said  I was lucky enough to a look at 3 of the EV s, the  Vauxhall has to be the most useable with its and the Nissan Leaf was the quietest and practical but for me the BMW i3 was the winner a real turner it leaves me with a smile on my face each I drive it

That s the beauty of all of the different cars together, all have different target  Simplistically the Nissan Leaf is a family car, the Vauxhall is brilliant for anyone doing long journeys, it s not a hybrid it s a extender and new technology for the UK when it was in  2012.  The BMW i3 is a great car for couples and couples with that have flown the

 The Renault Zoe is a great car for town and we even had an electric van for those local deliveries.

Our last thanks are to a very person Nicky Armstrong for her hardest to film in appalling for the Fat Chat Show — a look at what the visitors to the show thought of the electric and see for yourself whether you believe really is a woodchip helicopter in

You may also want to have a at a feature last year The Fat Chat Show did on the Nissan at Edgars of Rowrah.

Can we do electric in Cumbria?  Of course we can!

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