Twizy Cargo am­bu­lance

Re­nault’s in­ge­nious so­lu­tion to en­sure no one has to wait to re­ceive life-sav­ing treat­ment

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THERE are parts of some cities where the roads are so nar­row and con­gested that de­liv­er­ies us­ing even the most com­pact con­ven­tional vans are now im­pos­si­ble. Re­nault’s in­ge­nious so­lu­tion is the Twizy Cargo, a “fi­nal miles” or “fast re­sponse” ve­hi­cle based on the com­pany’s two-seater ur­ban run­about and de­vel­oped by Re­nault Tech and Re­nault Sport Tech­nolo­gies.

M&L am­bu­lance ser­vices have taken the fac­tory con­verted Twizy Cargo and pro­vided a rapid re­sponse ve­hi­cle that looks the part and does the job. With am­bu­lance livery, blue lights and siren and enough space in the back for life-sav­ing equip­ment this ve­hi­cle will soon be in use up and down a busy coastal town’s beach­front en­sur­ing no­body has to wait to re­ceive life-sav­ing treat­ment.

Be­cause it is less than 2,4 me­tres long and only 1,19 me­tres wide it will squeeze through gaps that are too nar­row for other ve­hi­cles, and it can be parked end-on in the tini­est of kerb­side gaps so that de­liv­er­ies can be com­pleted with­out bring­ing an en­tire street to a stand­still. Yet it has a lock­able 180-litre boot and a pay­load of 75 kg, mak­ing it ideal as a call-out ve­hi­cle for any­thing from work­place food de­liv­er­ies to emer­gency med­i­cal care — and all with­out pro­duc­ing a sin­gle gram of CO2 at the tailpipe thanks to its elec­tric drive sys­tem.

To make this pos­si­ble, the fac­tory in Val­ladolid re­moves the rear seat to cre­ate a cargo deck and mod­i­fies the cut-out at the rear with a lock­able door which opens to 90°. Busi­ness op­er­a­tors can re­claim the VAT on the pur­chase price and bat­tery rental, which starts at £30 (R540) a month.

The Twizy Cargo is cov­ered by a three-year pow­er­train war­ranty and two years on the rest of the ve­hi­cle. It is pow­ered by the same 12,7 kW (17 hp) elec­tric mo­tor which drives the two-seater ver­sion, and of­fers the same range of up to 100 km on a full charge — eas­ily enough for a full day’s use with ur­ban de­liv­ery com­pa­nies.

— Elec­tric Cars Re­port.


Re­nault’s Twizy Cargo has been con­verted into a rapid re­sponse ve­hi­cle that can take two paramedics through stand­ing traf­fic to the scene of a crash.

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