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Renault Twizy €EU20

Posted: May 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Eco Driver | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Renault Twizy €EU20

The ultra-compact footprint of Renault Twizy – length: 2.32 metres / width: 1.19 metres / height: 1.46 metres – is ideally suited to city motoring. It will go on sale in Europe at the end of 2011. Renault’s wizbang all-electric Twizy – single passenger, 2 seat electric vehicle – can be reserved online by would-be buyers in Europe for just €EU20, with the French car-maker opening the books for pre-orders of the cross-bred car/scooter ahead of its world debut in production form at the Barcelona motor show. The vehicle is priced to sell at €6990/$9335 to €8490/$A11,335. Renault describes potential punters as “will clearly appeal to busy, car owning city dwellers looking for a second vehicle, as well as to younger drivers interested in a safe way to gain experience in traffic thanks to the availability of a version that will not require a car driver’s licence” The Twizy is essentially a four wheel scooter, according to Renault though it’s even cheaper to run than a Vespa. “Twizy’s running costs – insurance, maintenance and energy – battery lease and electricity for recharging – are just as modest, working out at 15 percent lower than those of a three-wheeled scooter

The Twizy, which made its first official appearance at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, features a compact tandem design that places the single passenger directly behind the driver.

he €6990 entry-level Twizy 45 is so-called because its 4kW electric motor enables a top speed of 45 km/h, meaning that in some countries it can be driven unaccompanied without a driving licence and on a provisional driving licence from the age of 16 in others. For qualified drivers, the 7kW Twizy Urban €7690 and Technic €8490 can reach 80km/h. Both low and high power outputs are complemented by 57Nm of torque, available from zero revs. All Twizy variants are claimed to be capable of a 100km range from their lithium-ion batteries, which take 3.5 hours for a full charge from a standard 10 amp power outlet, using a three-metre spiral cord stored under a hatch at the front of the vehicle.

Everything about the Twizy suggest we need to rethink what transportation to the individual actually is. Public Transport in most cities is a diabolical thought, the greed of commuting in most instances allows us to wear a lot of guilt. Riding a cycle is a little too seasonal and motor bikes are an enormous thrill if not slightly death defying. Auto’s like the Twizy are very possibly the way of the future of motoring. Checkout Renaults site at

Renault has not yet announced international release dates for the Twizy.



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