Renault Twizy electric car
April 18, 2014
With its ultra-compact dimensions (2.34m long, 1.24m wide and 1.45m tall), Renault Twizy was born for urban driving. Homologated as a quadricycle (light or heavy depending on the engine), it ships with a choice of three trim levels and two engines, with or without a driving licence.
Renault Twizy will appeal to busy, car-owning city dwellers seeking a second vehicle, as well as to younger drivers looking for a safe way to start driving with a vehicle that does not require a licence.
Although its compact dimensions are likely to prompt comparisons with the world of scooters, Renault Twizy possesses all the fundamentals of a car: a chassis with four wheels, a steering wheel, pedals, and an enveloping body for two occupants sitting in tandem, one behind the other.
Renault Twizy is a car of character with a resolutely modern design; open bodywork with sweeping lines, original (optional) gull wing doors, a windscreen and roof forming a large glazed area, as well as lights creating an original lighting signature.
Renault Twizy ships with a 13 kW (17 hp) electric motor delivering 57 Nm and with a top speed of 80 kph for the version requiring a driving licence. Renault Twizy 45 – the version requiring no licence – is driven by a 4 kW (5 hp) motor with maximum torque of 33 Nm available from start-up and a top speed limited to 45 kph. Renault Twizy is equipped with 6.1 kWh lithium-ion batteries located under the front seats.
The Renault Sport departments were commissioned to develop Renault Twizy. For chassis development, the ideal candidate was quickly identified. In view of the central rear location of the motor (as on the Clio V6), it was natural to give the project to Renault Sport Technologies, which conducted 80% of global studies (100% for the running gear). Also, only Renault Sport F1 had the expertise acquired through KERS / SREC (kinetic energy recovery system) as well as the available test facilities.
Renault Twizy is an original and appealing concept, made for driving in the open air without a helmet. Enjoy the new driving sensations offered by a lightweight vehicle (450 kg with the batteries) and the surprising acceleration capacities of the electric motor (13 kW, 57 Nm),. Helping to make the city a cleaner and safer place to drive.
Available in three levels of trim, four colours and two engines, Renault Twizy can be shaped in your image. Options include gullwing doors, a glass roof and a wide array of accessories. It can even become a company car with your house-designed decals.
Renault Twizy is built at the Valladolid plant (Spain), an ISO 14001 certified site