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Renault Twizy: We drive the moon-buggy EV

This ain’t daddy’s Tesla. In fact, the Twizy is arguably the antithesis of the S: eye-catching where the Tesla is cheap where the electric is expensive. Intended for city and the sort of short trips nippy and straightforward are the key factors, the also manages to be a whole lot of albeit with a couple of (and preferably a pair of

We raised our eco-cred with a blast around the urban

The Twizy may be small, but it’s not discrete: expect to be looked at you’re behind the wheel. The styling, prominent safety-shell design, narrow footprint and dimensions add up to a car that gets Years ago, I used to a Smart car, back they were still an sight on the roads; the Twizy gets the same sort of with other drivers at junctions to gawp, pedestrians still and turning on the spot to you zip past, and kids pointing cameras at you.

European of the Twizy began almost a ago, though the car is still uncommon. That’s arguably to the compromises owners have to in its base form, the Twizy any sort of doors, for instance. charges £545 ($832) on top of the £6,795 ($10,370) for the scissor though that still gets you the side bars and lower sections.

In fact, it was only in October year that Renault and offered plastic upper  as a £295 ($450) add-on.

with the doors in place, the cabin can be an uncomfortable place to be. no attempt to make it water-tight there are gaps all around the including huge holes the scissor bar clicks into the locking mechanism that you easily fit your hand — and the waterproof seats are foam rather than more cosseting. It’s not a car you’d want to leave phone or sat-nav in: security is to a lockable cubby behind the rear seat, and since you to unzip the window from the merely to reach through to the door-opening switch, anything in plain view is likely to be

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If the Model S’ vast, dashboard is one example of EV usability, the console sits at the other There are the usual indicator, and wiper control stalks the steering wheel, and a pod binnacle speed, range, battery and drive status above. A blinkers button is on the left, to two buttons to select either or reverse (pressing them puts the Twizy into while under the left side of the dash is a parking

No rear view mirror there’s no rear window, a clear plastic roof is a ($298) option — and the mirrors are manually adjustable. worrying is the complete lack of options: in an effort to save power, you don’t get fans or seats, and even with the zipped up there was plenty of air circulating through the cabin. At the windscreen gets a heating for quick demisting.

Your foot is kept occupied two pedals — accelerator and — and there are no gears to

Starting off in the Twizy is an unusual even if you’re used to electric cars. The Renault is much silent initially, and the of openness from the minimal makes you feel quite As the electric motor ramps up you suppress the feeling that you ought to change gear) it to work its way up to a heady whine, with the whistle of wind to make a cabin that struggle to hear the radio in at levels, if that is Renault fitted one.

Then perhaps comfort should be to drivers of $100k Teslas: the has its own brand of appeal. After the disconcert has worn off, you realize that the tiny is in effect a go-kart for grown-ups. The steering is direct and immediate, and the wheels and minimal seat contribute to a ride that you everything there is to know the condition of the road and how much you have.

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Renault quotes a top of 50mph (we managed to squeeze out with the help of a mild but even at sub-30mph rates the is incredibly fun, demanding you it round corners.

Acceleration lacks the instant of other EVs we’ve tried, but is fine for urban use. reassuring is the brake, which wooden and overly-stiff. Like electric cars, the Twizy regenerative braking to top up its 52V drive — stored under the seat — with on the LCD showing when you’re power and when you’re it. Maximum range is 62 miles, says, but that’s very on driving style and, pressingly in the 2-degree centigrade we tried the car, temperature.

In we never saw more than 38 in estimated range on the display, with the benefit of regenerative that didn’t quite in parallel with the actual we traveled.

A full charge a 240V European domestic takes 3.5hrs, with the sprouting a curly extension from a hatch in its snout. In the sticker price doesn’t include the drive battery at Renault is instead leasing to owners, with finance depending on estimated usage 4,500 to 9,000 miles per ample considering this is not a car for the and length of agreement. For a year’s at the minimum mileage, you’re at under £0.15 ($0.22) per not including actually charging the up.

The Twizy is undeniably a silly It’s impractical if your isn’t limited to urban potentially uncomfortable in inclement suffers from limited (like most small and is fairly expensive for a supermini you add in essentials like doors and The version we drove came to £8,500 ($13,000) when you in the wheels, doors, windows, roof, and a Parrot hands-free which is a lot for a city toy.

And there’s something addictive it. Maybe it’s the purity of the experience, or that the bemused and expressions of the people you whiz can easily distract you from the that you’ve had to dig out gloves and a in order to keep warm. it’s the fact that you start to believe you’re at the of a lunar rover, or a car from a Anderson show.

Stopping to recharge doesn’t like such a chore you can combine it with warming up over a coffee, watching pause to ogle the Twizy outside.

Renault’s ambitions for the in the UK are conservative: whereas warmer on the European continent might be to ignore the open-air cabin, far less fun in rain and wind. while we can appreciate the efforts of and the big car companies attempting to make EVs mainstream, there’s no denying the ridiculous (and ridiculously fun) driving experience of the makes us glad Renault gone entirely sensible as it beyond gas engines.

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