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- Quick overview
- Specs of Renault Twizy URBAN 80
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- Specs of Renault Twizy URBAN 80
- Compare with similar EVs
- Improve your journeys with our electric vehicles
- The range of Renault Twizy
- How much should you be paying for a used Renault Twizy?
- Is Twizy allowed on the highway?
- Twizy specs
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Affordable introduction to electric cars It’ll make everyone else smile, even once you’re bored of it Safer than a scooter
Cons It’s not going to replace your family car Pretty grim to drive in poor weather… …or on the motorway
The Twizy is powered a 17bhp electric motor that produces 57Nm of torque, ensuring nippy performance around town and a top speed of 50mph. It can be fully charged in three and a half hours from a domestic power socket and provides up to 62 miles of emission-free driving.
Prices are on par with conventional city cars, but it’ll save you a few quid on petrol
As the Twizy is classed as a quadricycle, it doesn’t qualify for the Government’s electric car grant, so prices start from £11,995, with the Dynamique at £12,695. You no longer have to lease the Twizy’s battery, which used to cost around £49 based on a 36 month, 6,000-mile per year agreement.
However, the Twizy’s trump card is that it should be cheap to run. Renault says that its lithium-ion batteries can be recharged via a household socket for about £1. This takes three and a half hours, and should give the car a range of up to 62 miles (although, we found that 50 miles is more realistic). Plus, as it creates zero tailpipe emissions, it’s exempt from road tax and London emission zone charges. If you’re able to push the budget a bit further, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is a more practical proposition being faster, more comfortable and with a 90-mile range.
Specs of Renault Twizy URBAN 80
28 s Accel. 0-60 mph 28 s Top speed 50 mph (80 km/h) Battery pack capacity 6 kWh Range 62 miles 281 out of 287 Body Hatchback Charge Port 230V 1 Phase
Specs of Renault Twizy URBAN 80
|Battery and Charging|
|Range EPA||31 miles (50 km)|
|Range NEDC||62 miles (100 km)|
|Range WLTP||50 miles (80 km)|
|Battery pack capacity||6 kWh|
|Max charging power (AC)||3 kW|
|Max charging power (DC)||N/A|
|Avg. charging speed (DC)||~0 mph|
|Accel. 0-60 mph||28 s|
|Top speed||50 mph (80 km/h)|
|Engine power||16 hp (13 kW)|
|Engine torque||42 lb-ft (57 Nm)|
|Efficiency||10 kWh/100 miles|
|Body and Chassis|
|Number of seats||N/A|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||92 x 55 x 57.2 in|
|Curb weight||1045 lb|
|Cargo volume||1 ft3|
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The range of Renault Twizy
Renault Twizy’s range can reach up to 80 kilometers of real use. Twizy’s energy consumption, and therefore the range of this electric vehicle, not only depends on the conditions (gradient of the road, outside temperature etc.) but also significantly on the style of driving. Eco-driving can save up to 60% of electric range compared to a more “brusque” style. Onboard, the econometer indicates energy consumption in real-time, enabling the driver to optimize their Twizy’s range.
How much should you be paying for a used Renault Twizy?
"Considering the Renault Twizy started from less than £7000 when it was new in 2011, it's remarkably expensive on the used market today. You'd be lucky to pick one up for £6500 – while later examples are topping £12,000. That's a lot of money for a car that isn't really a car."
Electric cars don’t perform well at resale time as a rule, and the Twizy is no exception. Be prepared to lose a significantly larger chunk of cash than if you’d bought a city car.
Head turning looks won’t keep you dry if it rains, but the half-height doors add a touch of drama
Any electric car will turn heads, but not even a supercar can attract attention quite like the Renault – it looks like nothing else on the road. The scissor doors – a £545 option – provide real drama, but they’re only half the usual height and they’re the only barrier between you and the elements. In colder weather, you’ll need to wear a jacket and gloves, and you’ll have to resign yourself to the fact that you might get wet when it rains. The driver sits ahead of their passenger in a tandem layout, so there’s not much room in the back.
A simple display screen shows the car’s speed and battery range, while the rubber and plastics are weatherproof not plush. There are three trim levels to choose from. Entry-level Expression comes with 13-inch wheels, a heated windscreen, a lockable glovebox, an onboard computer and a three-metre-long charging cable. Dynamique trim offers different colour combinations – including Diamond Black, Snow White, Flame Orange and Lagoon Blue, along with 13-inch colour-matched alloy wheels.
Is Twizy allowed on the highway?
As a quadricycle, Twizy is not authorized to drive on highways. This electric vehicle with its compact build is designed for the urban environment. Fast roads and highways are not its thing! Also, another reason why Twizy is incompatible with driving on the highway is its maximum speed limit of 80 km/h.
Twizy specsActually, it’s not really fair to call the Twizy, which costs around £11,000, a car. It’s technically a quadricycle. And its name is no accident—”Twizy” is a combination of “twin” (number of seats) and “easy” (general use.) The Twizy made its debut alongside a series of larger electric cars, which when lined up in ascending height order look a bit like one of those timelines that starts with an early hominid and ends with a modern man texting. But don’t be fooled into thinking that the Twizy isn’t advanced.Imagine adding a roof and an extra seat to a riding lawn mower, and then giving it F1-inspired exposed tires, plus scissor doors and accent colors. It probably wouldn’t win any traditional design awards, but its funky blend of traits has a Picasso-esque charm. The Twizy features a tandem cockpit, and its earliest versions had no windows at all, presumably for proper enjoyment of the English countryside.It tops out at 50 mph, which makes it a poor choice for highways, but its diminutive stature (92 inches long, 57 inches wide, 57 inches tall) will ensure parking at even the tiniest of sidewalk cafés.And as for its EV bona fides, the Twizy charges from empty to full in about 3.5 hours, according to Driving Electric, and will get you a range of 62 miles. You won’t be able to take the Twizy on any big road trips, but who needs road trips when you can pop between the Louvre and the Jardin du Luxembourg all day long?MORE: Gas Prices Are Soaring—Is It Time to Jump to Electric Vehicles?
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