Renault Twizy: electric quad with a high fun factor
With the Twizy – a neologism of ‘twin’ for two-seater and ‘easy’ for simple operation – Renault is presenting a vehicle concept for inner-city traffic that is intended to combine the advantages of a car and a scooter. The purely electrically powered two-seater meanders through the city with zero emissions, quietly and agilely like a scooter, but thanks to four wheels, pedals and steering wheel it can be driven as easily and comfortably as a car. The highlight: the driver and passenger sit one behind the other in a highly rigid safety passenger cell, in which a driver’s airbag is already part of the basic equipment; A helmet and protective jacket are not required, especially since the Twizy is supplied with a fixed roof as standard and with wing doors as an option.
With a length of just 2.3 meters and a width of 1.2 meters, the Twizy can find a parking space even in the tightest of spaces. A tiny turning circle of just 6.8 meters makes maneuvering in narrow old town streets easier. Renault offers the new Twizy in two versions: the standard version has an output of 13 kW (18 hp) and a top speed of 80 km/h; the Twizy 45 offers 4 kW (5 hp) and a top speed of 45 km/h and can be driven from the age of 16 with an ‘S’ driving license. Its own weight is not insignificant: the dwarf weighs 562 kilograms, 98 kg of which is due to the battery.
Range: 100 kilometers
In the city version, which was in great demand by far, an asynchronous electric motor delivers a torque of 57 Nm to the rear axle and accelerates the vehicle to 80 km/h (limited). The ‘juice’ is provided by an air-cooled lithium-ion battery with an output of 6.1 kWh, which is said to offer a range of 100 kilometers and can be connected to a 230-volt socket in 3.5 hours via a coiled spiral cable with a Schuko plug. household socket can be charged; a charge costs about 1.50 euros in Germany.
The small Renault Twizy 45 costs 6,990 euros in retail, for the more powerful city version 7,690 to 8,490 euros must be estimated – plus 50 to 72 euros monthly rent for the battery. Not cheap. But not an everyday vehicle either.
Contact: Renault Germany
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