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RENAULT Twizy Electric Cars

2012 Renault Twizy 17bhp electric from UK and

Far more useful and usable it looks. Huge fun for low cost

doors needed lower tightening; took me seconds.

experience is not the best; wish it was by Mazda or someone else great design, but many even their ZE specialist are still clueless and lacking knowledge.

Handed over with foot marks all the sills, dirty screen and cubbies full of dealer etc.

Luckily, with not to go wrong and only yearly checks to contend with, I not have to visit Renault — I was keen to buy after the drive, but very nearly away after dealing the dealers.

General Comments:

My foray into the world of cars has been extremely with the Twizy. Classed as a quadricycle, this quirky open car has quickly become the vehicle in our family, owing to its fun and old school unassisted controls.

wise, they start at plus £545 for the doors, a battery hire cost of per month.

The battery hire a lot, but is effectively subsidised by and means that when tech is available, you will not to pay for it, or when the batteries wear you will not be faced with a bill, as many G-Wiz will testify. Part of the is that they guarantee a charge capability, and will recover you to the nearest charge if you run out. Running out would be to do, as you are well warned, and it has a standard 3 pin on a 3.5 metre cord, which anywhere.

Range: it does 40-45 of use, with a top-up of one giving you 15-20 miles, or 0-100% takes just 3 hours once the battery has run in a

We regularly do a 31 mile, very fast A-road run with and wipers on, and have 10 miles++ left, so it is more useful I expected. There is a separate battery and accessories battery, so the wiper, heated screen etc do not the range.

The standard 3 pin plug out of the front on a 3.5 meter long and is far more useful than the 7 pin only leads on most as you can top up in most places with a and the offer of paying — I topped up at Kwik-Fit, National IKEA, friends and many peoples houses, and have been asked for the 30-90p it cost. As with all fuels, the way you has a direct effect on the range, but is a useful display on the dash shows how much power you are your expected range and the regeneration is working (throttle downhill or coasting to a stop). a bit of practice, you can get a good range one local got 64 miles from The best range is achieved by on and off the throttle, as the regeneration kicks in hills or coasting to a stop, so town/A road/B road use well.

Holding a steady single canes the range, even if it works out its own input under throttle at the limited top speed of I find that it is plenty enough, and car drivers give you of space, unlike on a scooter.

If you at the whole cost of financing, hire, electric costs anywhere but your own supply!*) and the 4/4 Renault service, warranty, package, the free road a top spec one with doors out at around £50 per week with a deposit, which is damned as this is for a new car with fuel Insurance costs do vary, heard quotes £300-1000 as it is as a quad — check your insurer. My own trade broker refused it until I to the underwriter direct, then it free.

The savings also in with zero congestion if applicable and also free (* and charging) for EVs in many places.

the tandem seating position a scooter for two people works with both the front and seats accommodating tall, people — the rear s legs go either side of the s seat, so they get decent too, even if it is tight to get in and and some feel a little in. The car is built the same for all markets, as the sits in the middle, but for the UK, the driver s belt top mount, which is on the left side, is a nuisance as it in the way when getting in and out of the rear on the UK — we just either it out of the way or use the other door. The car is so narrow you can park in a line of cars and have space on the offside to without being in the traffic — or just pull in to the kerb as the 2.32m length it is as long as most cars are

There is an additional shoulder for the driver, in addition to the standard 3 inertia belt, giving a 5 point easy to use harness if

Safety: it has a safety cage and airbag, so is safer than a and probably as safe as some cars, but will not match the levels of modern cars. said, you are aware of the elements far in a Twizy, and can HEAR other plus you are narrow enough to get a safety gap and avoid an accident easily than a car. One of caution is that the driver s back is very hard and the passenger will headbutt it heavy braking or in a frontal

Kids: we use a Graco Junior seat in the rear, which well, and has the advantage of splitting the booster seat and back enabling you to take it out and use the rear for an adult passenger, by putting one of the seat each side of the on the floor — only if you doors — which are an £545 option for the UK. With the in place, you can do a family s weekly on your own (no child seat!) by up the rear seat and the floor on sides of the driver s seat. It is practical than you expect, and we it is our full time second not just a gimmick/toy.

Just remember, that with optional windows the Twizy does not lock, so you have put shopping in, you need to get it

Weather protection: (with doors, not windows) is not as good as a but better than any scooter. It good protection for the driver as the have been tuned to the driver in a still pocket of air the rain deflected around the You need to keep an old tea towel to dry the edges and door arch top if out in the rain, but on the go amazingly the driver dry. The rear passenger some rain ingress and of mud down fast muddy but in context are likely to get wetter the time they get out of the Twizy and the school/shop/wherever, than on a shortish in heavy rain.

It works well on our rural muddy 4 school run in all temperatures — if the kids are more awake and to learn by being out in the elements. Oh, and the (one to nursery, one to school different directions) love the and beg to be taken out in it, any weather.

RENAULT Twizy Electric Cars

Doors: I would not buy without in the UK, as you feel too vulnerable, plus you the ability to put shopping/dog/car seat on the either side of the driver, as it just fall out, and the will get wetter and dirtier as well as inviting idiots to in when parked.


Windows: have just released own optional windows, which are a frame with zip in soft but these are £300 and have

Twizy windows offer plastic windows with protection, but they do not open and you drive with your arm on the ledge.

There are others, but good enough for me to buy yet; of the attraction is the open side and the look and feel of the car is too compromised by the offerings. That said, if it was a of a Twizy with windows or no I would buy them.

It is a surprisingly sorted car with nothing to about — I prefer it to of the 120 cars I have had before, as it is and well designed throughout. The are great as they keep the out of the washable cabin, the headlights are the seat is comfy, the mirrors etc.

If I was to improve it, I would fit to the dash cubby lids so stay open when would change the driver s belt side for RHD markets, and fit the front mudflaps as standard.

It is a very basic vehicle, but all the for it, with very little to go It s well designed throughout, great driving dynamics and superb driver connection the road. It is hard and bumpy, but size means you can avoid and bumps easily most of the but this hardness gives sharp safe handling and

With rear wheel good power and light it is like a mad electric go kart if you hard!

Overall: a very sorted, fun, useful and practical scooter or second car Carries a week s shop or two easily. Don t let the lack of windows you — the driver is well — just wear clothes.

Oh, and don t ever expect to back to it and not find a crowd it asking questions. Or drive without being photoed, stared or pointed at. I love the but my wife finds it annoying!

you buy another car from this Yes

Review Date: 15th 2012

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