Sunday, 17 April 2011

Water-powered buses for Wales

From this June, visitors to the spectacular Brecon Beacons will be able to enjoy using a truly innovative and green mode. Please to welcome Boris and Blodwen - the eco-friendly low-carbon-footprint b-bugs!

The Brecon Beacons, is one of the UK's finest National Parks. Wide-open spaces, and miles and miles of footpaths, make it an ideal location for anyone interested in walking, horse riding, or mountain biking. An ideal destination for a green holiday, in fact!

As we say, there’s another (greener) mode of transport available to anyone who spends a few nights in The Brecon Beacons. The b-bugs are powered by locally sourced electricity, generated by the Talybont-on-Usk micro hydro scheme, powered by Welsh rain.

Best of all, from June until October, the b-bugs can be delivered to your accommodation and used on Brecon Beacons’ highways and byways by anyone in possession of a fully comprehensive car insurance policy.

One of 4 winners at the Green Dragons’ Den Sustainable Development Challenge which ran at the 2010 Hay Festival, the project was awarded £10,000 by the Welsh Assembly Government in order to design and build the two trial buggies.

Just imagine… waking up in a self-catering cottage in some of the wildest, most remote countryside in Britain, and then going to collect your newspaper in an electric vehicle capable of a top speed of 30mph?

Or driving through the country lanes and market towns of The Brecon Beacons before plugging in for a quick re-charge at one of the friendly b-bug charge points whilst you enjoy a pub lunch, shopping or a walk.

It's as easy as driving a go-kart. There are only two pedals to bother with, accelerator and brake – it takes just a couple of minutes of instructions, and then five minutes of driving along the quiet Brecon Beacons’ roads to “catch the bug”.

Full details can be found at

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