Renault Twizy – A cross between a quad-bike and a mini royal coach


The Renault Twizy appears to have its design queues that are a cross between a quadra-cycle and a royal coach only in smaller proportions.

The four wheels stick out from a cute cabin with rounded corners.

It’s an electric car that is design only for the city.

It cannot be registered for road use in Australia – yet.

It is cheap to run but sits only two people.

So is it a viable vehicle? Is it an indication of things to come.

Tim O’Brien has driven the device and he joins us on the line to talk about it.

  • What are the basic features of the vehicle?
  • Is it fun to drive?
  • Range? 50-80 kilometres
  • What do you actually save by having such a vehicle? Cost, some space it is 2.3 metres long and 1.2 metres wide. You can get, apparently, three Twizys into a conventional parking bay.
  • Has it got side windows? There are clip-in side curtains should the weather turn ‘Melbourne-ish’.
  • I like that it doesn’t take long to recharge (3.5 hours).
  • Would you use it for shopping for example?
  • Is safety and issue because you cannot get good side protection for example. Then again a motor bike doesn’t have that protection
  • Renault has sold more than 13,000 Twizys in Europe.

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