Renault expects some impressive sales from the Twizy electric vehicle

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 18, 2012

Instead of scooters, Europe's packed cities may soon be crammed with Renault’s Twizy electric vehicle. At the very least, this is how Renault envisions the future. Renault product manager Yvan Capelle said that the Twizy is expected to create high-volume sales with full-scale industrial production similar to its other mainstream cars.

The Twizy is a four-wheeled vehicle but with a narrow body where the passenger could sit at the back of the driver. Renault thinks that this slim bodystyle means that the Twizy will appeal to buyers in Europe's full cities, which are looking for safer alternatives.

Capelle said that its scooters are the “only” feasible option to public transport for travellers who frequently go to several areas around the city. The Twizy can be easily controlled through traffic.

Parking it is also very easy compared to other vehicles. It actually comes with safety features like a front airbag and seat belts. The Twizy’s performance is similar to that of a 125cc scooter. It is also powered by either of two electric motors.

There is the 4kW/5-hp version with its top speed limited at 45kph that can be driven in almost all European countries even without a driver's license.

It could also reach a top speed of 80kph. It has a starting price of 6,990 euros with battery rental being priced from 50 euros a month. It’s possible that the Twizy may be charged with 3.5 hours for a maximum driving range of 100 km.

The Twizy could also now be charged with standard European electrical outlets in 3.5 hours. A Renault spokesman told Automotive News that Twizy's sales may be "well over 10,000 units a year." He declined to talk about the specific targets.

However, it’s estimated that production capacity will grow to more than 50,000 units each year. The Twizy is the third EV for Renault, arriving after the Fluence large sedan and the Kangoo car-derived van EV launches. The Zoe, which will be launched by Renault, is now the representative of what Renault hopes will be its highest volume seller with an annual production capacity of just 150,000 units each year.

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