As we are now safely back in Holland, it’s time to write a little more about our trip around Ireland in the electric 2CV.
Lets round it up. In three and a half weeks, we did 3500 kilometres in total – 2700km in Ireland – and paid 12 euros for electricity. We charged the car at campsites sixtimes; at public charge points thirteen times, and a few times at B&B’s and hotels. On our trip, we used about 400kWh of energy.
The car never failed. However, we swapped the 48-year old 6-volt wiper motor for a newer 12-volt one after visiting Irial Kennedy of the Irish 2CV Club in Baltimore (Thanks again Irial!). The old motor was getting a little bit hot in the Irish rain… We checked tyre pressure once and it was fine. We didn’t check oil. There is no oil in an electric motor. On the bumpy Irish roads, we hit the underside of the car three times, leaving no damage, just a few scratches.
What we didn’t do – we didn’t burn 210 litres of petrol; we didn’t produce 280 kilos of CO2. We only scared sheep on a few occasions with our beautiful musical 2CV horn. We never left a smell, or a cloud of smoke in the Irish countryside.
We took more than 500 pictures; made 14 movies with our iPhones; listened to many, many Irish musicians. We had many pints of Guinness, and also quite a few pints of alcohol free stuff, as Rosa was expecting. We had lot’s of wonderful food, especially seafood. We saw the most fantastic landscapes, beautiful roads, met a lot of great people. We saw amazing castles, lovely little harbour towns, and romantic country houses. All in all, we had a fantastic time in Ireland, and would recommend it to anyone. Not just to travel around Ireland, but especially to do so in an electric vehicle. The infrastructure is there, and there’s just nothing like gliding quietly and pollution-free through the most wonderful Irish countryside. Thank you ESB ecars and www.ierland.nl for helping making this trip possible!
All the best,
Ruben & Rosa