‘Innovative’ is an over-used term, but once in a while something comes along that deserves the tag, and the Renault Twizy is just that. The Twizy looks like it has just driven off a film set and is radically different to anything else on the market. Technically it isn’t a car but rather a quadricycle, and that is the key to its radical design.
Lets get the basics out of the way first. The Twizy is electric, rear-wheel drive, has two seats and not much else. Even doors are on the options list and plastic windows are a separate option, so weather protection is minimal. It does however get an air bag and proper seat belts and has undergone internal Renault crash testing.
There is no getting away from the fact that the Twizy is a niche product. With a 62-mile range and a 50 mph top speed it is unashamedly aimed at the urban environment. If that fits in with your lifestyle then you are in for a treat. With a low centre of gravity, unassisted steering and a very low kerb weight, it handles like a go kart.
We think that Renault should be applauded for putting the Twizy into production. During development they roped in Renaultsport and the F1 arm and as a result it feels like a thoroughly developed product. It also proves that Renault hasn’t lost its sense of fun and willingness to push the boundaries of design.
Official electricity consumption: 63 Wh/km
Battery pack: 6.1 kWh lithium-ion pack
Recharge time: 240V charge 3.5 hours
Please note that CO2 emissions quoted for electric cars are not directly comparable to diesel and petrol cars. This is because CO2 emissions quoted are calculated by Green Car Guide and include the emissions created at the power station turning fuel (e.g. gas etc) into electricity and in transmitting and distributing the electricity to an end user. They do not include the actual production of the fuel (e.g. gas extraction and refinery emissions). Petrol and diesel emissions are supplied by car manufacturers and are based solely on the fuel burnt in the engine (tailpipe emissions) and do not include the production of the fuel or distribution to a fuel station. In practice this means that electric car emissions are over estimated relative to petrol and diesel. For instance if an electric car, a petrol car, and a diesel car are all reported to emit 100 g/km CO2, the electric car actually has lower emissions.