The ingenious manner in which the power station balances energy use is reminiscent of the Audi Q7 e-tron. On my 900-mile round trip to the west coast of Scotland, the hybrid SUV switches seamlessly between turbodiesel and electric power, and sometimes a combination of both – whatever is required to make the journey as efficient as possible.
Cruachan can also be called upon to perform what is known as a Black Start, which definitely sounds like something out of a Bond novel. ‘In the event of complete failure of the National Grid, you need stations that can come back on remotely and start supplying electricity to get the grid back up and running,’ reveals Ross. ‘We have a diesel generator and the station is manned 24 hours, so even if the country’s entire electricity supply is down, we can get up and running and help turn the lights back on.’