2010 Paris Motor Show: Renault Twizy Z.E.

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 1, 2010

Renault’s Twizy mini city car is currently on display at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. One of the models to be included in the company’s electric range, the Twizy is an ultra compact vehicle that has room for two passengers.

The model measures 2,33 meters in length, 1,91 meters in width, and is 1,46 meters tall. It has a 1,684 mm wheelbase and weighs 450 kg (including the 100 kg battery).

The vehicle rides on 13 inch rims and it has a luggage space that measures 31 liters but can be expanded to 55 liters.

Powering the car is an electric motor that has an output of 9 hp or 20 hp and a peak torque of 57 Nm. The 9hp variant has a maximum speed of 28 mph (45 km/h), while the 20hp version can go as fast as 47 mph (75 km/h).

The electric unit is attached to a lithium-ion battery pack that provides a range of 60 miles (96 km). When using a standard household outlet, charging the battery takes three and a half hours.

Twizy joins the lineup along with the Fluence Z.E. and the Kangoo Van Z.E. Those who are interested may already pre-order. Production of the vehicle will be in Valladolid, Spain and it will start selling in Europe at the end of 2011 with a price that’s comparable to that of a three-wheeled scooter.

A special financial package similar to that of other Z.E. models with also be offered for the Twizy. This package covers battery rental and other services.

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