Renault, the French automaker company, has now entered the UK car markets with its new car the Renault Twizy. Actually, it is a four wheeler vehicle but not a car. It can carry two people, including a driver and a passenger, but they have to travel in tandem instead of sitting side by side. It has a roof but it is open at the sides. You can buy the optional doors and even the company may only cover the lower portion of the openings. It is a quadricycle with air- bags and disc-brakes.
The Twizy has a 7 kW lithium-ion battery which is charged using a standard 3-pin plug and takes up to 3.5 hours for a full charge, at the cost of around 1 pound. Maximum range of Twizy is approximately 60 miles. Buyers may also hire a battery for around 45 pounds per month, based on 4500 miles per year over a 3 year contract. Optional equipments include scissor doors for £545 and a driver and passenger blanket priced at £110. Safety systems include an airbag for driver and 3-point seatbelts with an additional strap for the driver. The occupants do not need to wear a crash helmet.
The Twizy measures just 2.34 meters long and 1.24 meters wide. It has a curb weight of 450 kg which is about less than a half of the smallest conventional cars. It is powered by a 17bhp electric motor with zero emissions. It has a top speed of up to 50mph with a strong and smooth acceleration. Three trim levels including Urban, Color and Technic are available. The price of the electric vehicle starts from £6,690.
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