Renault Twizy priced from £6,690 in the UK

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 12, 2011

Renault will display two versions of Twizy at the auto show in Barcelona. These are Technic and Urban, which are both powered by a 17hp motor. With prices in the United Kingdom starting from only £6,690 on-the-road for arguably one of the most anticipated vehicles this year, Renault seems ready to send shockwaves through the automobile industry, including its competitors in the city car and scooter segments. For the Technic version, which has higher specification, the price will be at £7,400.

The monthly cost for the battery lease of both versions is tagged at £40 including VAT for a 36 month/4,800 miles per year deal.

Those who are interested on obtaining Twizy can make their reservation at renault-ze.com, and place a deposit of £20 through a secure online payment module. Customers will be contacted on a priority basis when the vehicle becomes available for sale to confirm their order.

Available in 38 countries, the website has already received more than five million visits, indicating the massive interest of motorists on the Renault Z.E. programme.

Twizy’s battery obtains a full charge in just three and a half hours through a domestic electrical supply via a spiral cable hidden behind a flap at the front.

The unit weights 450kg, including the 100kg battery. This low weight allows the unit to operate at a range of 62 miles (NEDC standard cycle), which could vary in daily use depending on driving conditions.

Here comes Renault’s latest electric offering heralded as an innovative urban mobility solution –the new two-seater Renault Twizy. Designed to offer a daring and open driving experience that is also protective and comfortable, this ultra-mobile laden with Renault’s DNA should present itself as a practical solution to large cities having congestion issues. The new Renault Twizy – marking the debut of new vehicle architecture – is the latest addition to Renault’s EV range and is categorized as an UDO (Unidentified Driving Object).

In fact, the French carmaker is the only manufacturer that offers a range of affordable EVs – Twizy, Fluence Z.E., Kangoo Z.E. and the upcoming ZOE. Developed by Renault Sport Technologies, Twizy will be assembled at Renault's Valladolid site in Spain. Sales commenced on March 15, 2012 at a tax-inclusive starting price of €6,990. Renault believes that benchmarked products are categorized into two: those iconic yet universal concepts bound to be copied by everybody and those still in the process of becoming such products. A number of Renault vehicles -- like the Twingo, Espace and Scénic – fall under the first category.

Twizy, meanwhile falls under the second grouping, having a head start of between two and three years on its rivals. Indeed, there is no vehicle on the road or on the market that is on par with the innovative genius of Twizy, which was designed as a 100-percent EV targeted towards urban mobility. Twizy was first unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show as an avant-garde concept, and now Twizy is bound to soon arrive at Renault showrooms. Target customers include people from all walks of life -- men and women, young people and professionals. However, drivers seeking for an innovative yet unique vehicle that is also economical and eco-friendly should find Twizy to be a suitable partner.

Urban driving is not about speed, but mobility. Instead of offering a speedy drive, Twizy delivers mobility faster than a car. It has the capability to accelerate from zero to 45 kph in around six seconds – a performance on par with a 125cc scooter over a distance of 50 meters. With ultra-compact footprint –length and width of 2.34 meters and 1.24 meters, respectively – as well as a very low center of gravity, Twizy could easily tackle heavy traffic and even park on tight spaces. As calculated, Twizy allows drivers to save 25 percent of driving time, including parking. Likewise, Twizy is as agile as its looks, thanks to a 3.4-meter turning circle, thin windscreen pillars, open architecture, and parking aids.

In terms of safety, four-wheeler vehicles are more stable and thus safer than their counterparts with two or three wheels. Moreover, Renault specified Twizy with disc brakes all-round and developed it so it would hug the road, thanks to input from Renault Sport Technologies. Designed to seat two people, Twizy is shaped to form a protective cell around its occupants. Safety is also improved by providing the driver seat with a front airbag and the passenger seat with a four-point harness a three-point seat belt.

Twizy features two dash-mounted glove boxes with capacities of 3.5 and five liters, both featuring a 12V power supply. Twizy also features a 31-liter stowage area hidden behind the passenger seat. Twizy customers may avail of optional doors for extra protection from nature’s elements, especially the wind.

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STYLE IN THE CITY: RENAULT’S UNIQUE TWIZY AVAILABLE TO RESERVE ONLINE FROM ONLY £6,690

Renault Twizy: affordable electric motoring, with on-the-road prices from only £6,690
Renault will have two versions of Twizy on display at the Barcelona Motor Show, both powered by a 17hp motor: Urban and Technic. With UK prices from only £6,690 on-the-road for arguably one of the year’s most eagerly-awaited vehicles, Renault looks set to send shockwaves through the industry, as well as the corridors of rival city car and scooter manufacturers.

In higher specification Technic trim it will cost £7,400. The monthly battery lease cost for both versions will be £40 including VAT for a 36 month/4,500 miles per year agreement.

Reservations for Twizy can now be made online at www.renault-ze.com
Customers can now pre-reserve their Twizy online at www.renault-ze.com. This requires a £20 deposit via a secure online payment module. Customers who pre-reserve their Twizy will be contacted on a priority basis when the car goes on sale with a view to confirming their order.

The renault-ze.com website is available in 38 countries and has already received more than five million visits, a figure which provides a dramatic illustration of the interest motorists are showing in the Renault Z.E. programme.

Twizy makes city motoring easier and safe:

Twizy gets around town faster than a traditional city car thanks to its unprecedented ultra-compact dimensions which also allows easy parking
It offers two occupants – sitting in tandem, one behind the other – greater safety compared with a two-wheeled vehicle, thanks to an extensive list of active and passive safety features
Twizy makes getting round town more enjoyable

It is more agile than a car, whilst its acceleration performance is comparable with that of a scooter
Twizy’s electric motor accelerates smoothly and silently, while torque is immediately available
Its wraparound bodywork and side deflectors ensure enjoyable open-air motoring, protected from the elements
The no-fuss, practical all-electric vehicle
Twizy’s battery fully charges in just three and a half hours using a domestic electrical supply via a spiral cable stowed behind a flap at the front. Twizy’s low weight (450kg, including the 100kg battery) directly helps its operational range of 62 miles (NEDC standard cycle). In everyday use, this figure can vary depending on driving conditions.

Accessories for the Twizy lifestyle

An all-purpose bag with a capacity of 50 litres
Additional protection against the weather
A Parrot audio kit including Bluetooth connectivity, plus a USB connector, a jack socket and an Apple connector
Rear parking sensors
A range of customisation accessories (coloured alloy wheels, decals) enabling owners to personalise their Twizy

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