Electric Citroen 2CV – safely back in Holland

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


Comments: 6

  1. Frank Barr October 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm Reply

    That’s the EV experience all us Irish EV owners are having all the time Ruben and Rosa :-) Glad you enjoyed the trip

  2. Paddy Carroll October 10, 2013 at 9:50 pm Reply

    Well done Ruben & Rosa. Great you enjoyed the country and all for only 12 euro for the journey around the country. How far does the Citroen CV2 go on a full charge?

  3. Ruben October 16, 2013 at 11:48 am Reply

    Hi Paddy,
    The practical range turns out to be about 150 kms. 160-is doable, but not very good for the batteries.

  4. Michael Kenny December 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm Reply

    What a great story :) well done. Thank you for visiting our great country. The Citroen CV2? is it a dedicated ev or a conversion. Thats fabulous milage. are there more charge points in Holland? Happy Christmas

  5. Rob Ford December 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm Reply

    Great story. I pick up my new leaf in January. We want to plan a trip to Germany/France/Spain/Portugal from Ireland. Can you tell us how you managed to get cards to access public charging points in the countries you visited.

  6. Pete March 30, 2014 at 6:59 am Reply

    Hey Robin, I would love to get a 2CV and do the same conversion like yours. Can you contact me? I do need A/C as I live in the desert and it gets over 45C frequently. However, I will only use it as short distance commuting. Less than 80 km per trip, mostly town driving. Top speed of 100 km/hr is enough. thx

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