A domestic electrical supply charges
the battery in 3½
16 May 2011: Renault announced at the
Barcelona Motor Show (public days from 14 to 22 May 2011) the price list
and online reservations site for it new electric car Twizy, which will be
manufactured at the French carmaker’s Valladolid plant in Spain and sold
in Europe from the end of this year.
As revealed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show last March,
tax-paid prices will begin in Europe from €6,990* for the
five-horsepower Twizy 45 which can be driven without a driving licence in
certain countries. The 17hp Twizy is available in a choice of two
finishes: Urban (from €7,690*) and Technic (from €8,490*). Press
here to view the prices and preliminary specifications page.
Accessories include extra protection against bad weather.
The speed of the Renault Twizy 45 version is capped at
45 km/h (28 mph), which means it can be driven without a licence in certain
countries. Renault says that its price also means that young drivers will now be able to
afford a vehicle that is safer than a two-wheeler. Twizy 45 customers will
take out a subscription for lease of the battery starting from €45 per
As an affordable
alternative to a three-wheeled scooter, the Renault Twizy version comes in
two versions, both powered by a 17hp
motor: Urban and Technic, the tax-paid prices for which will start from
€7,690* and €8,490* respectively. Renault adds that Twizy is more affordable than a
three-wheeled scooter thanks to the tax incentives available in certain
markets. The monthly tax-paid cost of the battery lease for both versions
Customers can now pre-reserve their Twizy online at renault-ze.com.
This requires a €20 deposit via a secure online payment module.
Customers who pre-reserve Twizy online will be contacted on a priority
basis when the car goes on sale with a view to confirming their order.
The French brand claims that its renault-ze.com website,
which addresses already 42 countries, has
received more than five million visits, a figure which indicates the
interest motorists are showing in the Renault Z.E. (zero emissions) programme.
Twizy should get around town faster than a car thanks to its ultra-compact
dimensions which also facilitate parking.
It offers up to two occupants – sitting in tandem, one behind the
other – greater safety compared with a two-wheeled vehicle, thanks to
its active and passive safety features.
Twizy should also make getting round town more enjoyable: it is more agile
than a car, while its acceleration performance is comparable with that of
a scooter. Its electric motor accelerates smoothly and silently, while
torque is immediately available.
Its wraparound bodywork and side deflectors provide enjoyable open-air
motoring, protected from the elements and wind.
The all-electric vehicle battery fully charges in 3½
hours using a domestic electrical supply via a spiral cable stowed behind
a flap at the front of the vehicle. Renault Twizy’s low weight (450 kg /
including the 100 kg / 220.45 lb. battery) directly benefits its operational range,
which is 100 km (62 miles) in standard cycle. In everyday use, this figure may vary as
a function of the driving conditions.
Accessories for the Twizy include a semi-rigid all-purpose bag holding
50 litres (1.77 cubic foot), extra protection against bad weather and the cold, rear parking
sensors and a Parrot audio kit including Bluetooth connectivity, plus a
USB connector, a jack socket and an Apple connector. A range of
customisation accessories (coloured wheels, decals) will allow further
personalisation for each vehicle.
* All prices include VAT. Tax incentives (different depending on
countries) are not deducted.