It’s a charge often levelled at ski resorts – that the huge operation needed to maintain them as a snowy playground makes them less than kind to the environment. In recent years our resorts across the Haute Tarentaise have brought in lots of measures to reduce their impact on the landscape. Read more about them here. Now Val d’Isere has kick started its drive towards going eco-friendly electric – with the Electric Vehicle Show on last weekend.
Not only did visitors get to try out some awesome futuristic gadgets and gismos, the show offered a surprising insight into the future of eco-friendly transport, which is just around the corner. In fact, you’ll be seeing lots of these electric vehicles around resorts very soon, from what stallholders were saying about huge sales at the show.
Here’s our round-up of some of the coolest:
Ninebot One, Eco Riders
Why walk when you can glide? Stand on the pedals either side of this wheel and let it elegantly roll you to your destination, guided by your body weight. Well, that’s if you’re an expert like this guy:
If you’ve yet to master this device you’ll look more like this slightly wobbly chap:
We’ve seen the odd one of these being used by city commuters who sweep from home to the train, pick it up effortlessly and carry it as a briefcase. A great way to save the legs, less bulky than a bike, and to unsuspecting passersby who don’t look down it gives you the appearance of a ghost gliding along above the pavement. What more could you ask?
The biking season is short in the Espace Killy and Paradiski with chairlifts only open for around 8 weeks. Downhill bikes are a nightmare to pedal uphill so unless you can drive up to your start point and get a lift back, your bike will remain sadly defunct out of season. Unless, that is, you have an electric bike, which will power you up that hill with a force akin to a motorcycle leaving you free to enjoy all your favourite trails for longer!
You can hire electric bikes this summer from Mattis Sport, on Val d’Isere’s font de neige.
There are already so many different electric bikes on the market – city bikes, mountain climbers, VTT, motorbike, scrambler – and one stallholder at the show told us he’d sold so many last weekend he wasn’t sure how he was going to fulfill all his orders in time!
If you prefer an electric scooter check out Globe3t.
If you already have a beloved bike that you’re unwilling to part with to make way for an electric model, Annand will even convert it to battery power for you, for €922 upwards.
This electric bike, pictured below, by Yike Bike, will turn all your preconceptions of bikes on their head. It’s “the world’s first super light folding electric bike”.
This Renault electric car cost under €5000 and comes with a free dog chauffeur. Not really. But it is a 2-seater, much like the Twizy cars you might have seen around this winter in Tignes. The resort brought them in to hire out to guests, and installed charging points.
This hybrid BMW goes from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds.
Volkswagon’s electric car looked like a transformer.
Unusual Electric Vehicles
Electric piste basher
This small electric runaround had 3 wheels and a vintage look.