From June of this year, visitors to the Brecon Beacons will be offered an innovative form of transport, which not only offers a great way of travelling through one of Britain’s most spectacular National Parks, but also one that is powered by Welsh rain!
Please welcome Boris and Blodwen - the eco-friendly, very-funky, hugely-enjoyable, low-carbon-footprint b-bugs!
The Brecon Beacons, of course, is one of the UK’s finest natural playgrounds. The wide open spaces, and miles of footpaths, make it an obvious pick for anyone interested in walking, horse riding, or mountain biking.
But now, there’s yet another (exceptionally green) 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 – which, itself, is 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 our friendly b-bug charge points whilst you enjoy a pub lunch, shopping or a walk.
As easy to drive as a go-kart, it’s an exhilarating experience. And with only two pedals to think about - the accelerator and the brake – it takes just two minutes of instructions, and then five minutes of driving along the quiet Brecon Beacons’ roads to “catch the bug”.
The Talybont Turbine produces enough power to keep 100 b-bugs on the road (if you assume that every b-bug travels 30 miles a day, and requires 5kWh of electricity to enable it to do that). For the moment, there are two vehicles currently available to visitors. But this is a bug that you can expect to spread rapidly during the coming months and years.
Full details can be found at www.b-bug.com
For more details, visit www.breconbeacons.org and www.breconbeaconstourism.co.uk