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RENAULT Twizy – Electric Car Technic 13kW Auto

A top speed of 50mph, no radio, no and oh, no windows. But is the Renault Twizy the car of the future?

PUBLISHED: 21:00 8 September 2012 | UPDATED: GMT, 8 September 2012


May I apologise to the customers in my one day last month, who had to wait minutes longer for their course?

Team GB were on for a gold and I didn t want to it.

If I d planned ahead I could ve got a TV in the for me and the boys to watch.

The Renault Technic’s scissor doors like a McLaren’s, swinging up and for easy access

A chef mate of mine who the busiest Indian in the land t just have a kitchen TV but one in section, so as not to miss a single when the cricket s on.

But it s no surprise I t prepared for the Olympics. I d never interested in athletics before.

Oh, I got a swimming badge in 1984 for for a rubber brick, but that prepared me for being totally all the way from July 27 to August 12.

I a lot of us were surprised. Not just by how Team GB were, but by how happy and we were for two weeks.

For a skint and country, it was a huge relief. it ended, would life go to grumpy, moaning, envious

Not for me it didn t. Because I was driving the Twizy, and I ve never driven a car gets more attention and smiles than this thing.

Pick-up is brisk, the is non-powered but incredibly light, and the circle is like a black making it an ideal car for cities

I saw it at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in and it had grown men clamouring around it schoolkids round a bouncy

I remember thinking then Renault had a hit on its hands. It had the same when it rolled into my

Now, you may think I like cars and you d be right. Clearly thing wasn t going to set any sprint records.

But speed is far less important putting a smile on your Here it starts just by in.

The Twizy s scissor doors like a McLaren s, swinging up and for easy access.

Well, access for the driver. For the passenger it s work: they have to the driver s seat forward, in and spread their legs side, like going on a Harley. (In fact, the Twizy is a quadricycle rather than a

RENAULT Twizy – Electric Car Technic 13kW Auto

So it may not be the right ride for a first Or to take your granny the shops.

But think of it as a sort of promenading like the sit-upon motorcars of the and you re on to a winner.

In fact it is quite inside.

There s a Drive/Neutral/Reverse a pull handbrake, a key ignition, a a charge meter, a glovebox; s about it.

You rent the battery for Ј50 a month, so you don’t have to about it degrading over which happens to electric as it does to mobile phones

You off in silence as there s no radio and no No point, as there are no windows. Or (they re extra; Ј545).

is brisk, the steering is non-powered but light, and the turning circle is a black cab s, making it an ideal car for

But I m miles from civilisation and I ve enough plug-in cars to a close eye on the range meter as I set off for my test run. It said I had 62 enough to get me to London.

But it dropped as expected. So I settled for Winchester to be on the side. Nope, I thought, still haven t made an car for country folk.

Having that, it coped brilliantly the bumps and bends on the country and was comfortable to drive, with a low of gravity and good suspension.

My half said it was even in the back: she was gliding through the in silence, listening to the birds in the

Every time we pulled a bunch of lads we got, the heck is that? and a thumbs up. is preferable to what happens you pull up in a hundred-grand convertible.


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