It’s a blue-sky day in Bermuda, and I’m rolling down a sunny stretch of South Road adjacent to endless Atlantic Ocean views and stunning pink-sand beaches. I’m not on a scooter—the iconic two-wheeler Bermuda is known for. Rather, I’m in a Tazzari, the island’s newest four-wheel electric car that visitors and locals can rent.
Introduced in 2018 by Oleander Cycles, the Tazzari is a small electric car with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a traditional rental: air-conditioned cabin, side-by-side bucket seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and a large trunk. In fact, the Tazzari is the closest thing you’ll find to full-size car rentals, which have long been prohibited on Bermuda. But thanks to intrepid entrepreneurs who’ve introduced different types of four-wheeled electric vehicles, Bermuda’s visitors now have plenty of options when they want to hit the road.
“These cars have made the island’s hidden gems more accessible,” says Glenn Jones, Director of Strategy and Corporate Communications for the Bermuda Tourism Authority. “From sampling traditional seafood prepared in a family kitchen to a picnic at the far end of Cooper’s Island, nothing is off limits.”
The process of “fueling up” doesn’t take long; these vehicles gain 10% battery life for every hour they’re plugged in. Plus, you’re never far from a charge: Bermuda has eight well-spaced charging stations around the island. You can plug in while exploring must-see sites like the Royal Naval Dockyard, shopping in the City of Hamilton, or staying at Rosewood Bermuda—a swanky east end resort that’s a stone’s throw from two of the island’s top golf courses.
There’s so much to experience that I almost forget about my hip ride—that is, until I spot its shiny orange rims and futuristic design on the roadside. With miles of sun-splashed road left to explore, hopping back in my Tazzari is a welcome end to a perfect day in Bermuda.
– David LaHuta