March 2012 Driving to the Future

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RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto

Driving to the Future

Another EV for Peak, the Bioplane, Friday round-up

Team APEV for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles) has its 2012 Pikes Peak a prototype EV to be driven by hillclimb Nobuhiro Monster Tajima. here at YouTube ; the team is to raise money for survivors of year s Japanese earthquake and as well as for environmental education The epic 12-mile, 4,700-ft event takes place in in July.

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Twizy: Road Test

get this out of the way first: the all-electric Twizy is not the answer to all your needs. It’s not intended to be the – and perhaps not even the second – car in household. It has its limitations, and will only a narrow niche of and the best way to think of it is not as a car at all, but as an to a scooter or moped, maybe, or a quad bike.

Costing from £6,690 in the UK battery hire from an £45 a month, the Twizy is a four-wheeled with open sides; slide-up doors are optional It seats two, the passenger in behind the driver, under a roof and within a crash-tested cell. It is classed as a ‘heavy’ (class L7e) and is allowed on (should you really wish); it can be driven by full licence-holders.

 A lighter-weight version capable of 28mph, and which can be driven by 16 may follow in the UK at a later date,

The 13kW/17hp model offered in the UK is capable of 80kph (just 50mph) and has a maximum range recharges of 100km (just 62 miles). So what’s it good It has potential as an urban commuting a runaround vehicle on estates or or for tourist use at resorts and for localised and errands.

But if all this sounds a bit too and NEV (Neighbourhood Electric Vehicle), it does have one very big selling point: it’s got a lot go than the average golf In fact, it’s an absolute to drive, a point very in its favour and a good reason why you well, should you have or so to spare, find a use for it in your

The Twizy’s powertrain is  relatively a single-speed automatic gearbox just three push-button – Drive, Neutral, Reverse – and the motor, plus regenerative to recover some of the energy lost under deceleration, and a lithium-ion battery. There s a conventional steering wheel and set-up; no need for power-assisted or brake servos – it’s a direct and intuitive interface and you’ll need to be quite with your braking stopping power is perfectly given the speeds you’re to be reaching. All four wheels disc brakes.

The rack-and-pinion connects with the MacPherson suspension, and is well-weighted without heavy; the tiny 3.4m circle is tighter than of any other four-wheeler, and it feels stable and solid. Though is advised on high-speed cornering – no ABS or control to come to your – the Twizy is every bit as adept as hope from a vehicle by the hands of the Renaultsport team.

Acceleration is quoted as 6.1 seconds and 8.1 seconds 18-37mph, which means that you’ve got get-up-and-go to pull away briskly, to merge into flow and keep pace in an suburban or country-lane environment. In there’s enough urge for the to be great fun – the little motor away, the wind blows hair, and it’s hard not to a smile as the full 57Nm of kicks in.

RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto

Highway driving be more of a white-knuckle matter, but you cope if you’re sensible and about the Twizy’s capabilities, and to crawl along in the slow Its range is going to limit long-distance cross-country travel of course.

Though the maximum range is 100km (62 miles), Renault is upfront about the fact 70-80km is more realistic in driving even if you’re The range will fall yet if you’re heading everywhere obviously, but the full 100km is if you learn some eco-driving “It takes some practice”, The econometer in the dash will you how well (or poorly) you’re on this score.

A full takes just 3.5 hours, via a 3m cord and plug housed in the nose; it can be plugged in to a domestic power supply.

As a quadricycle, the doesn’t have to meet the crash protection standards as a car, but it should be one of the more of its type; it’s been an extensive crash-testing programme in car facilities. The driver has a four-point (a conventional three-point seatbelt a strap over the other and the passenger a three-point belt, and a driver’s airbag to protect in the of a frontal collision.

The upfront prices do initially appear on the side for a vehicle of this – the range-topping Twizy Technic is and as a quadricycle, the Twizy does not for government grants. Battery (mandatory, as Renault is not going to the batteries outright) starts £45 a month and can cost up to £67 a month, on the lease term and the annual which also looks a hefty extra outlay.

However, think about it a different perspective: buyers have to take any responsibility for the as all their maintenance is included, and a four-year warranty with servicing (required annually). So the is effectively offset in this package – and mitigated further by the £1 for a full recharge, free tax and exemption from the London charge.

As urban congestion and prices continue to rise, going to have to look at ways of getting about. The is the first of a new breed of vehicle crosses the boundaries between car and and combines some of the best of both: it marks a significant forwards from quadricycles and carts previously seen. not going to do the job for everyone, but in the right could work very indeed.

*More detail, more more facts figures to in a full road test @ The Charging Point. Thanks to UK for yesterday s trip.

RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto
RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto
RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto
RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto
RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto
RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto
RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto


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