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