Renault's all-electric Twizy concept was by far the quirkiest vehicle at the Frankfort Motor Show last fall. For the Geneva Show that starts soon, Renault is sadly not bringing the closer-to-production version that was on display last November in Valladolid, Spain. Instead, we will apparently be treated again to the concept version.
We always knew the Twizy would undergo a pretty dramatic change from the concept, and Ward's Auto says that the production model scraps the wheel covers, the half-doors and the concept's front electronic display. The interior has also been tremendously simplified. To emphasize the EV's powertrain, the front headlights look like a "+" sign, while the taillights form a "–". How this will be implemented in the production version is unknown, but Renault said the Valladolid version is "close to a possible series vehicle," and Nissan is also supposed to get a re-badged version of the 1+1 seater.
Back in September, Renault said the Twizy concept could go up to 47 miles per hour using a 15kW motor (20hp) motor that helps it accelerate like a 125cc motorbike. The tiny car – it's only 2.3 meters long and 1.13 meters wide – has a range of around 62 miles from a small lithium-ion battery. Valladolid is the Twizy's future production home starting in 2011. Renault has said it hopes to make 20,000 electric vehicles (EVs) a year in Valladolid starting in 2013.