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We drive: Renault’s electric

Power comes from a 15kW electric motor, drives the rear wheels.


Is it a Is it a motor scooter? Is it a go-kart a roof? Are genres being here? They are and, to normality even further, the is electric.

And those living in the UK be able to buy one from next

The Twizy represents the most part of Renault’s imminent onslaught. The Fluence saloon and van are merely electrically-powered versions of vehicles, while the not-yet-launched, Zoe takes on the role of a smaller Leaf.

The Twizy, however, is designed for quick, local journeys, a station commute or sneaking in and out of traffic.

It has four wheels and two seats. The roof, plus quarter windows wrapping from the windscreen, give weather protection. Doors hinge upwards and forwards are

Accessories will include an to cover you up to the waist, as well as a box to sit on the rear seat and an iPod/phone with loudspeakers. Already storage beneath that and each side of the dashboard.

its miniscule dimensions, the Twizy is handy in a tight spot. it has no emissions, and it’s extremely to run. It’s not so cheap to though; UK pricing will be 7000 (R76 700) 45 (R493) a month to lease the pack.

Ah, yes. you have to charge it up. If you in a flat, or you have no off-street with power point, do you plug it in? One day there might be charging points galore, but not by March.

Leaving this snag aside, we’ll a closer look at the Twizy. comes from a rear-mounted electric motor, which the rear wheels.

Fully the battery from empty three and a half hours, which the Twizy is claimed to run for up to depending on how vigorously you drive it. vigour will see an official speed of 75km/h, but in practice it edge beyond 80km/h time.

Renault regards the Twizy as an to the G-Wiz electric car , or to a secondhand or to one of those three-wheeled scooter but the engineering is closer to a proper car. A miniature racing actually; it has a tubular steel a composite plastic body, a steering wheel, and tiny struts in its front suspension.

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be fun to drive, then. The example about to try is a prototype, so it’s smart than production will be, but the driving qualities be identical.

Right arm through retractable loop, left shoulder by conventional lap-and-diagonal belt. also an airbag and a crushable structure.) Turn the key to switch the on, press the button for forward off with the handbrake, foot and go. And go it does, with that shove in the back you get in electric from a standing start.

narrow and with two tandem the Twizy was designed for short, local journeys.

It’s far silent. The axle gears and you hear (and see) all the tyres’ efforts as you take first fast bend. happens very early in my — I’m following a test driver who takes the left-hand bend at a speed impossible, but my Twizy hangs on as the tyre treads squeal and

It really is like an electric apart from a slower response designed to make the Twizy easy to park and

On a long straight I get to an indicated and then come simulated thromboses (badly parked a broken-down bus) which defeat a regular car. The breezes through, of course. little wider than a motorbike with side Twizys might in future be nipping between lanes of or round the outside of traffic-light Riots will surely questions will be asked in the Is, or is not, the Renault Twizy a

I can’t answer that. But you have the means to charge its I think you’ll love it. Independent on Sunday

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