Renault’s Urban EV: Twizy

While there are some unusual vehicles being developed, it is hard to imagine one more outré than the Renault Twizy, a vehicle—car seems too, well, normal—that  the company suggests is an alternative to things like scooters and three-wheelers.

While there are some unusual vehicles being developed, it is hard to imagine one more outré than the Renault Twizy, a vehiclecar seems too, well, normal—that  the company suggests is an alternative to things like scooters and three-wheelers.

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This diminutive electric vehicle (EV) is 92-in. long, 49-in. wide, 57.5-in. high, and has a 66-in. wheelbase.

It weighs just 992 lb, including its 220-lb lithium-ion battery.

There are two versions, the Twizy and the Twizy 45. The former has a 17-hp motor (continuous power) that powers it to a top speed of 50 mph. The latter has a 9-hp motor (continuous) and is limited to a top speed of 28 mph which, according to Renault, means that it “can be driven without a license in certain countries.”

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The Twizy is being produced at the Renault Valladolid plant in Spain.

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Renault emphasized that the Twizy features “an excellent braking system.”

Which didn’t seem entirely clear until we saw this:

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That “no license” begins to make sense.