Renault Twizy is the perfect option for those looking to go around town using less fuel consumption. You might say that it has two different engine sizes – one at 5 horsepower for a max speed of 45 kilometers per hour, and another at 17 horsepower for a max speed of 80 kilometers per hour. If you’re under 18 years old with an AM license, then you’re eligible to operate this car. And despite having just 20 liters worth of gas and only running on electricity, Renault Twizy still has up to 120 kilometers worth of range if driven at 45 kilometers per hour or up to 100 kilometers if driven at 80 kilometers per hour.
Renault Twizy review:
The all-electric Renault Twizy, known for its odd looks, received mixed reviews from both consumers and critics. While it’s certainly an interesting way to get around the city, it seems to come with some compromises in terms of comfort and range. Still, if you want to try something different, it could be just what you’re looking for! Here are some things you might want to know about the Twizy before you buy one
Why we selected Renault:
It’s an urban quadricycle. I know that word may sound a bit official, but all it means is it’s got four wheels, seats two people (and a driver), and can be driven on streets and roads. What it lacks is any sort of closed cabin to protect you from weather or road grime – though rain isn’t usually a problem because under seat storage keeps your feet dry. It also has no doors and so looks like nothing else on city streets.
Why We Love Renault Twizy:
One of our favorite things about Renault Twizy is that it’s all electric, but we have to admit—it’s not for everyone. It’s a definite preference kind of thing. If you’re looking for something sportier and more roomy, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you live in a city or suburbs where driving is everything (and perhaps parking is important, too), then Renault Twizy may be your best bet! What we like most about it is how easy it makes getting around; sometimes you just want to hop on your scooter and get somewhere without having to deal with traffic, parking hassles, or oil changes.
Renault’s mini-car is a compact and economical transportation option. Unlike many other two-seater electric vehicles, which lack power steering and offer virtually no storage space, Renault’s mini-car can easily fit into most parking spaces with its dimensions of 1.38 meters in width, 2.27 meters in length and 1.08 meter height. Its minimal design also allows for quick refilling of its 40-kilometer battery pack that only takes about 4 hours to reach a full charge using a 220-volt outlet or 8 hours to fully charge using 110 volts. With an optional Level 2 charger (220V), you’ll be able to charge your vehicle for only 3 hours!
Pros & Cons:
With its 17 HP engine, Renault Twizy reaches 80 km/h. In traffic jams, it is great to be able to cross intersections more quickly, and even reach faraway parking lots before anyone else! On curvy roads or through turns, you’ll soon feel on your stomach that driving at high speeds is not necessarily enjoyable in a small car. Unfortunately, we didn’t test the 5 HP version but we can imagine it is similar…So if your preference is travel with comfort and silky-smooth rides: choose a traditional car! The main advantages of Renault Twizy are without any doubt its 100% electric propulsion and its cost.
Two electric engines are available on Renault Twizy: a 763 cc 1.0-liter 3-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor that offers 2 kW of power at 5,000 rpm with maximum torque of 33 Nm at 1,500 rpm. The engine is linked to a manual 5-speed gearbox. A 1.2 kWh lithium-ion battery provides enough energy for up to 100 km in zero emission mode or 25 km using an electric charger (1 h 30 recharge time). Customers can also order additional batteries, making it possible to drive up to 180 km without recharging, while reducing CO2 emissions by 70 g/km. This version offers twice as much range in urban environments and only takes an hour to recharge instead of two hours!
Quadricycles are classified as normal cars, meaning you don’t need an international driver’s license to operate one. The maximum speed for quadricycles is 45 km/h (28 mph), so you should be able to drive on most of USA major highways without trouble (and at a brisker pace than you might imagine).
The Twizy charges via a 220V wallbox, which takes around 6 hours to fully charge. Renault recommends that it should not be charged for more than 24 hours in a row. To avoid damage to your battery and yourself, make sure you don’t overcharge! The other option is charging using a dedicated charger unit plugged into a regular mains socket. This will take about 5 hours for every 15 miles of range (i.e., 60-70% full). Note that if you don’t have access to mains power, it won’t be possible to charge up overnight (unless you buy an additional unit).
With its compact dimensions, which measures 2.69 m long, 1.43 m wide and 1.62 m high (Twizy 45) or 2.67 m long, 1.45 m wide and 1.81 high (Twizy 80), you can park easily even in small spaces: very useful for city dwellers! The narrow design of approximately 0.6m between side mirrors is also a plus point: it makes driving in narrow streets more comfortable without having to worry about scraping your mirrors on parked cars next to you!
The Twizy was designed with safety in mind. In fact, Renault had to design a vehicle that met Euro NCAP’s safest car criteria (five stars), and it did so by including ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution, anti-slip regulation, seat belts with tensioners, an energy-absorbing steering column and bodywork manufactured from recycled material. Standard equipment includes head restraints in all seats, seat belt reminders for driver and passenger seats, three-point inertia reel shoulder harnesses for both front seats, three rear ISOFIX child seat mounts plus a top tether anchor point at rear of vehicle. The driver is covered by airbags for both knees as well as front side airbags mounted behind the windshield.