Renault’s in a Twizy
WOULD you be seen in this? It does not seem much more than an electric scooter with a roof but Renault may have hit the nail on the head with its inner-city commuter, the Twizy.
It goes on sale in Europe later this year.
The vehicle baffled intrepid showgoers at its 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show debut.
They thought it was just a styling exercise from Renault – or maybe artistic licence.
Renault, which is insisting the name will not change, is to put two models on the market.
The first is the Twizy 45, which has a weeny 4kW electric motor and, because it equates to the performance of a pavement Gopher, can be driven without a licence in some countries, at around $9400.
You then will need a battery which Renault will lease for about $60 a month.
The second Twizy more meat.
The Renault Twizy — do not confuse this with the Twizy 45 — has a whopping 15kW electric motor and starts at around $10,300 with a battery lease of $66 a month.
between the Twizy’s plug-in charges is 100km and it takes 3½ hours to charge.
Clearly made for dense innercity motoring (and parking), the Twizy seats two in a tandem arrangement, is a mere 2.32m long and 1.19m wide.
Renault says it is safe— compared with what? — because it has a deformable body; the stability of four wheels, at each corner of the body; lateral beams either side of the chassis; a driver’s airbag; a fourpoint harness at the front and a three-point safety belt at the rear.
Because Twizy’s occupants are protected and held in place, they are under no requirement to wear any sort of protective gear. This is the same argument used by BMW’s now defunct C1 scooter.
Renault claims the Twizy’s running costs are cheap as chips, working out at 15 per cent lower than those of a threewheeled scooter.