The cars

Two fully electric 40kWh Nissan LEAFs, nicknamed “Carwen” and “Carwyn”, are available to hire in Bethesda and Abergynolwyn.

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The Gwynedd community electric car share project

This two year project launched November 2019 with two fully electric 40kWh Nissan LEAFs, nicknamed “Carwen” and “Carwyn”, available to hire in Bethesda and Abergynolwyn. Want to use one? They are available for anyone to hire by the hour or day. Have time to help those in your community unable to drive? Become a volunteer community driver.

The project

The Gwynedd community electric car share project is managed by Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig and has two main aims: 1. To trial a community car share model in rural communities and see if it helps people who are currently isolated through lack of public transport to access local services and facilities. 2. To raise awareness of electric cars and promote sustainable transport options for locals and visitors.

The cars

The cars “Carwen” and “Carwyn” are 40kWh Nissan LEAFs. They are 5 door, 5 seater cars with a good amount of boot space. They have an average range of 110-150 miles per charge, depending on driving style and conditions (e.g cold/wet/windy weather). Drivers that stay light on the accelerator and keep the power gauge in eco mode will get the upper end of that range spectrum – or more!

The communities

For the first year of the project “Carwen” is based in Bethesda, with its own dedicated parking place and charger at the Lyfrgell/Library. It is managed for the community by local social enterprise Partneriaeth Ogwen. For more information about them, “Carwen” or getting involved as a volunteer community driver contact Huw Davies on huw@ogwen.org.

For the first year of the project “Carwyn” is based in Abergynolwyn, with its own dedicated parking place and charger at the Canolfan/Community centre. It is managed for the community by Egni Abergynolwyn Energy, a registered Community Benefit Society. For more information about them, “Carwyn” or getting involved as a volunteer community driver visit abergynolwyncarclub.wales or contact Steve Beech abergynolwyncarclub@gmail.com

For the second year of the project the cars will go to two new communities. If you are part of a community group in Gwynedd and are interested in applying to have “Carwen” or “Carwyn” autumn 2020 to 2021, please get in touch with Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig for more details

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