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New Forest tourism gets a Twizy twist

Visitors to Hampshire can explore the New Forest from behind the wheel of a Renault Twizy as Visit England aims to bid to give tourism in the area a unique spin.

Tourists arriving at the main Brockenhurst train station can book one of five kooky quadricycles for £49 a day and explore the local scenery and attractions.

A network of 20 charge points is already in place across the New Forest at pubs, restaurants, hotels, B&Bs, holiday parks and attractions, so visitors can top up their Twizy’s 62 mile range while they enjoy what the New Forest has to offer.

Renault Twizy National Motor Museum Beaulieu Hampshire

The introduction of New Forest’s Twizys coincided with English Tourism Week (March 16-24), and because it isn’t strictly a ‘car’, tourists can drive their Twizy on New Forest’s 150 miles of cycle paths.

Visit England Chief Exec James Beresford and TwizyAnthony Climpson, New Forest’s Employment and Tourism Manager, said: “The new Twizy scheme puts us at the forefront of UK tourism, as one of the country’s top destinations leading the way in sustainable development.

“We are proud to be the first to launch a Twizy fleet with a whole network of charge points. I’m sure that visitors will find them a fun, new way to discover all that the beautiful New Forest has to offer.”

Stephen Vine, from New Forest Environmental which runs the Twizys, said: “The Twizy is designed for urban areas but we’ve found a role for it as a fun recreational vehicle in the countryside.

“We’ve created a major alternative use which is enjoyable, adventurous and introduces the benefits of electric vehicles.”

Visit brandnewforest.com/twizy for more information.

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