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Gravesend blogger has “amazing” time test driving a BMW

Marianne Weekes.
Marianne Weekes.

Friday, August 1, 2014
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Marianne Weekes, of Gravesend, drove the car from June 16 to July 25 and said the experience was great.

“I thought it was absolutely brilliant. I was gobsmacked with the performance,” she said.

“I felt really safe with my little girls in the back as well.

“It was absolutely amazing how cheap it was to run.

“When I fill up my car I spend about £70 in petrol and that will last me a month maybe.

“With the electric car it was costing me £2.67 a week.

“It just had so much power. You put your foot down and off you went!

“It was hard to come back.”

The consumer campaign aims to help motorists to see the benefits of the wide range of low emission vehicles that are available, including electric, plug-in hybrid and extended range vehicles.

Launched by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, it is backed by the Government and leading car manufacturers including BMW, Nissan and Toyota.

Marianne has been blogging for a number of years and heard about the challenge through, the UK’s biggest collective of lifestyle bloggers.

She reviewed her experience of driving the car on her blog

“It was Brit Mums who put forward the challenge and everyone went for it of course, who wouldn’t want to trial a car?

“They whittled it down to 20 and I was chosen.

“I have reviewed a lot of different products in my time. This was a huge, high profile campaign to work on and it’s been an absolute pleasure.

“It’s a major advance for me.”

Marianne has been blogging for four and a half years after starting in January 2010.

“I did it because I was made redundant and I was at home with toddlers and didn’t know what to do.

“My brother suggested it.

“It’s now allowed me to work from home.”

Marianne found the experience to be extremely positive, and said she would consider switching to a low emission car in the future.

“It was an absolutely amazing experience and I miss it so much.

“We only have one car as a family and that model was probably a bit small for us, as lovely as it was, but it would be perfect for a second car.

“The experience was so positive that I would definitely consider converting.

“I think as a mum that has a family you look at cost first and then if it works for the environment, bring it on!

“The girls are growing up in this world. If I can do my small part and spread the news about that then definitely.”

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP, said: “Electric cars are one of the most promising of our green industries and we want to secure the UK’s position as a global leader in both the production and adoption of these vehicles. The extremely low running costs of these cars help drivers save money and we are allocating more than £9 million to boost chargepoints across the country to help drivers to go green. This means we can lower UK emissions and create high-tech engineering and manufacturing jobs to boost our economy.”

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