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First Drive: 2012 Twizy [Review]

In the hierarchy of transportation, hybrid cars are seen as a temporary stopgap on the way to cars. France’s Renault has the hybrid step altogether and it has straight to electric cars, four EVs over the last the smallest of which is the diminutive

According to European Union it is a motorized quadricycle, which it in a legal pickle that somewhere in between a scooter and a

The Twizy range starts at (about $8,800) for an entry-level and tops out at €8,490 ($10,700). will inevitably point out it is possible to buy a late-model used car for price, but Renault’s pint-sized EV is at a different clientele. Those in the for a Twizy are more likely to it to the funky Piaggio MP3 three-wheel than to a last-generation Volkswagen and in that regard the price is on.

As is the case with other Renaults, Twizy’s price not include the battery, which has to be on a per-month basis from a dealer. How much rent depends on the length of the contract and the mileage but the average rate is €50 per month, which to $63.

Renault offers two variants of the Twizy. The entry-level 45 can be driven by anyone over 16 holds a scooter license but its top is electronically limited to just 27 This variant is not sold all of Europe.

Simply called the more powerful variant can a more useful top speed of 50 Renault claims that it has a of approximately 60 miles and that it three and a half hours to recharge on a European-spec 220-volt socket.

The Twizy’s rear-mounted electric puts out the equivalent of 17 horsepower and 42 of torque. It gets electricity a lithium-ion battery that is underneath the passenger compartment

Measuring 92 inches long, 57 high and just 46 inches the Twizy is smaller than the smart fortwo. It weighs 1,042 lbs. which puts it closer to the world of

The Twizy is undeniably the most form of motorized four-wheel available in Europe. It can accommodate two sitting one behind the other, the rear seat is a little to get in and out of because the front seat tilt forward. Both have a seatbelt and the driver from an airbag that is inside the steering wheel.

Plastic scissor doors can be at an extra cost, but the Twizy be fitted with windows, that its interior is constantly to nature’s elements. The cockpit is basic: it has no rearview mirror, no and no radio, though buyers can opt for a USB and a Bluetooth connectivity system.

A compartment that acts as a is neatly hidden away the rear seatback. Two storage are found on either side of the creating what amounts to a over a cubic foot of

Vital information such as the speed and how much juice is in the battery is displayed on a digital cluster mounted directly the steering wheel. The cluster is home to an economy gauge tells the driver roughly how the motor is using electricity, and the regenerative braking system is the battery.

At the wheel

The Twizy fires up in silence so a green GO light next to the speedometer illuminates the vehicle is ready to be driven.

The transmission is controlled via a switch mounted on the left of the steering The driver can select drive, and reverse. There is no park but a handbrake mounted under the keeps the vehicle from when it is not in gear.

The silence when the Twizy is at a stop fades as it gains momentum. pedestrians might not hear it from far away, at high the driver is treated to a healthy of the electric motors’ whine.

With its rigid Renault tubular chassis and its stiff the Twizy takes corners virtually no body roll to of. The trade off is that the suspension is hard, which becomes noticeable over speed or over poorly-paved roads.

To the Twizy as simple and as light as the steering and the brakes are not assisted. The is not a problem and the Twizy is easy to however, the four tiny brakes make stopping from high speeds a endeavor.

Leftlane’s bottom

When Renault axed passenger cars from its in the 1970s, it is a safe bet that its did not think the layout would be back in this form. is an innovative, modern and efficient of transportation that is well-adapted to day city driving thanks to its size.

Its affluent scooter-riding target will undoubtedly be delighted it, sending rival brands to design a competitor. Until happens, Renault is one step of the game.

Words and photos by Glon.

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