Have you ever seen a Twizy whizzing around the country lanes? It’s a sight to behold. While the popularity of the electric car grows and the mainstream car manufacturers produce more and more models, the Renault Twizy remains a unique driving experience. It is, technically, a car for two. But that relies on one of you being a Twiglet or both of you being handbag free. Because there ain’t much room in the back. But once you are both installed, you can have real fun twirling and whirling through the Lakeland lanes. With its unusual dashboard and unconventional doors, the Twizy is a character. And over the course of a day driving it up and down the curls and curves of Wrynose Pass it strikes me as a kind of winged bug. A superbug, or superhero that we may yet call on in our fight to save the planet from destruction.
Kapow! It’s now. Or it’ll be never.
A different kind of comic book hero;
tailpipe emission precisely zero.
Snug superbug. Our Batcar forever?
Splat! Like that, it takes the hill. Fells the fell.
Shines its headlights onto our addiction
to evil particulate emission.
Wheeled steel crime fighter in bubble shell.
Thwack! It hits the track. This awesome fella
refuels by plug like household appliance
yet can change our world, recharge our science.
No windows though, so bring an umbrella.
Vooroom! No room for our toxic habit.
An eco wheeled, Renault sealed work of art.
It seems like a drive in a posh go-kart,
but rockets you into clean green orbit.
Blam! Lithium battery ion man
travels the lakes, attacking deadly creep
of global warming. So let’s say beep beep
to Tuk-Tuk, as it holds up car and van.
This poem was also produced as a Video Poem: My Electric Superhero