'Rain-powered' buggies get tourists around Wales

Visitors to Wales' Brecon Beacons are being given the opportunity to drive around in one of two trial electric vehicles.

The buggies are powered by locally sourced electricity, generated by the Talybonton-Usk micro hydro scheme, using the local rainwater.

The electric buggies were built after winning an award 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.

With top speeds of around 30mph, tourists can maintain the peace and calm of the National Park while trying out a low carbon mode of transport.

The trial lasts from June until October and pre-booking visitors can apply to take part in the trial. Alison Brown


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