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Twizy Is Renault s Breezy Bet in Big Gamble

By David Pearson

France Those who still electric vehicles are simply golf carts had better again. Or at least Renault like them to.

If the French car has its way, commuters who fancy through city traffic and perpendicular to the sidewalk will be doing so in a tiny all-electric Renault has called the Twizy.

SA The Twizy goes on sale in in the spring, and will be rolled out in Western Europe.

That s if don t mind the cold. Renault s has a roof, and a windshield, but there are no Driving along Renault s new test track in the outskirts of at 60 kilometers an hour on a chilly morning got the wind blowing what s left of my hair.

Commuters making a longish in winter will require wrapping than a business

Being open to the elements has advantages apart from air. Heaters, as well as air systems, are voracious consumers of and would seriously reduce the s claimed 100-kilometer range on a charge.

The Twizy goes on in France in the spring, and will be out progressively in Western Europe. The Twizy 45 version that t require a driver s license in and has a top speed of 45 kilometers an hour retail for €6,990 ($9,000). A powerful version that can hit 80 an hour will cost not far off the cost of gasoline-engined minicar four seats and sides.

And a heater.

But France s electric-car could reduce the bill to €5,600 for the cheaper Twizy, the price as a high-end scooter. s cheaper that the G-Wiz, the electric city car made by s Mahindra Reva Electric that s been on sale in the for several years. It has a range of up to 80 km.

Twizy buyers get the car but not the battery. all of the four electric vehicle that Renault is bringing out mid-2012, the lithium-ion battery be rented from Renault for €50 a That may sound a lot over a but the other side of the coin is recharging costs are peanuts with gasoline and diesel.

And have the comfort of knowing if anything goes wrong the battery, Renault will it.

The Twizy will appeal to who like the acceleration of a 125cc but don t like the idea of falling off After all, more half of the deaths and injuries on streets involve scooters and according to the Paris mayor s On the other hand, the nearly Twizy isn t equipped with a system to warn pedestrians of its a potential hazard to the blind and

The Twizy s controls are more than a dodgem car s accelerator and wheel, but only just. are accelerator and brake pedals, a switch for forward and reverse

The instrument console panel be too grandiose a term shows the amount of charge remaining and the it will take you before Twizy slows to a halt and has to be assuming you ve made it to a charging A full charge takes and a half hours on a regular socket. As there s no space for two side by side, the Twizy tandem seating, with the of the rear passenger astride the s seat, promising no more than a scooter.

Renault, which has made a €4 bet with its partner Nissan Co (7201.FR) on popularizing electric is pitching the head-turning Twizy as a niche product that appeal to young, urban looking for a fun but frugal set of wheels.

it will ever make in such a small market is an open question. Renault is on the Twizy at least drawing to rest of its more conventional fleet made up of a sedan, a car, and a small delivery

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