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Home » Green Car News » Renault Green Cars

£6,690 two-seater electric Renault Twizy hits showrooms

13 April 2012

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Renaultís stunning new electric two-seater, Twizy, is sending shockwaves through the UK today after its arrival at the brandís 22-strong network of Z.E. Expert dealerships.

 

  Lower powered (5hp) and cheaper Twizy 45 could come to the UK in January 2013, for drivers aged 16 and over, without the need for full driving licence, based on new **European AM category for mopeds and light quadricycles

With a tempting on-the-road price from just £6,690, it is the third of the French manufacturerís groundbreaking electric vehicle range to hit the UK market and undoubtedly the most striking.

The futuristic Twizy is designed for a driver and one passenger to sit in tandem. The stylish, zero emission in road use, two-seater compact is charged using a standard three-pin plug. Full charge takes three and a half hours, costing around £1 (depending on energy supplier and tariff), giving a range of around 60 miles, making electric motoring practical, economic and environmentally friendly.

Renaultís eye-catching Twizy is powered by a 13kW (17hp) motor with a limited top speed of around 50 mph. The bodywork is extremely visible in traffic to other road users and both occupants are protected by a deformable structure, while the outboard position of the four wheels and the lateral beams located either side of the chassis provide protection on either side.

Its safety retention systems include a driverís airbag, a three-point seatbelt and with additional strap for the driver, and a three-point safety belt at the rear. Also, since Renault Twizy's occupants are protected and held in place, they are under no requirement to wear any sort of protective gear or helmet.

With such unique looks, unsurprisingly, there are several more uncommon options and accessories than on your average four-wheeled mode of transport. Among them are scissor doors (£545), driver and passenger blanket £110 and a 50-litre leisure bag £95 which sits on the rear seat and clips into the chassis so that objects stay firmly in place. Rounding off the more traditional enhancements are metallic paint for £195, a child booster seat at £55, and alloy wheels for £340. All prices include VAT.

Thanks to its four-wheeled chassis and extremely low centre of gravity, Renaultís unique Twizy delivers a grin-inducing driving experience, while disc brakes all-round ensure precise, efficient stopping power.

Twizy is available from £6,690 on-the-road for the Urban model with a monthly battery lease cost of £45 including VAT for a 36 month/4,500 miles per year agreement.

 

Review by Dr John Dimmock from South Coast UK on 16 November 2012

Renault Twizy:  Ideal for the job it was designed for, very nippy and very practical
Great little car
Could do with more driver space, especially for me, old fart with replacement hips and knees
Could also do with a nice 250w PV on the roof - am experimenting with same, which under "my" average stop start day time rounds, should keep the batteries charged up - time will tell
Only reason we will not be buying more is the cost of the monthly battery rental

 

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