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Renault Twizy – Click above for high-res image gallery

Believe it or not, Renault says the car you see above, known – seriously, we're not making this stuff up – as the Twizy, is a production vehicle. We hesitate to call it a car, or a motorcycle, or a scooter... it's really sort of a four-wheeled covered scooter, and it's powered by an electric drivetrain.

There will apparently be two different versions of the Twizy available, one sporting nine horsepower that can hit a top speed of 28 miles per hour and one with 20 horses that can hit 47 mph. A three-and-a-half-hour charge will result in 60 miles of range from the onboard lithium ion battery pack.

Renault is currently taking pre-orders on the Twizy, along with two other electric vehicles, and it will have the vehicle on the market in Europe by the end of 2011. Pricing is expected to be similar to the Piaggio MP3, and the rental charges for the battery pack will be covered in the Twizy's payment. Check it out in our high-res image gallery of live shots below.


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      Nsr5947
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok, What are you supposed to do with it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perfect car for the city-easy to park-easy to own and maintain
      Its all you need for running around town-think minimalism.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah it's cute but it sure as hell isn't safe. I can see the lawsuits now from crashes in tourist heavy areas like mine. Half the tourists throw the rules of the road out when they visit my seacoast home , the other half think courtesy (loud music,speeding,littering) is something for locals only after all the tourists live here after all. Wouldn't be caught dead on my city streets in one of these in tourist season and I'm sure it can't go in snow the rest of the year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That thing looks like someone's wild idea of a baby carriage. Any smaller and I'd be tempted to strap two on and go roller skating.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its looks to be open from the "window sills" up. Still i think one in flat black with a bump in power would be great fun.
      erlybird54
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bought a Renault (Alliance) in 1984, and it ruined my life. You couldn't give me one of these - and pay me to drive it. (And I could use the money and the wheels.) Dumb little car thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @erlybird54
        "Neither model is for So California. The average street speed (not limit) is 50 miles an hour and minimum freeway is 55. What a piece of crap."

        Your comment is crap. CA freeway min speed is 40mph in the right lane, and you're lucky ever to go that fast on a regular day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @erlybird54
        Obviously, Renault hasn't changed at all in 25 years, especially considering they're half-Nissan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @erlybird54
        Neither model is for So California. The average street speed (not limit) is 50 miles an hour and minimum freeway is 55. What a piece of crap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I looked everywhere for a Tron logo on the black & blue one, but couldn't find it.

      Seriously though, I actually kind of like these, and I like the designs they applied to them, and the hexagon wheels.
      EWADE41333
      • 4 Years Ago
      WHERE DO I PUT MY GOLF CLUBS?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do cars realy need to be any larger than this?

      I see people sitting in their cars all day long, 40min to move about 200 yards, while I pass them on my bicycle.

      Yes it's fully enclosed, although I'm not sure its very comfortable in a cold rainstorm.
      • 4 Years Ago
      8-9K for this will be a good deal. city car, or 2nd car for in a small town where you'll never get above 45 isnt a bad deal. better than 15 for a Smart.
        • 4 Years Ago
        8-9k would be good?!?!?! Thats ridiculous ! You can buy a real car for that. It should 4k tops.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i may have to take it back, is it fully enclosed? I dont care if its cheap plastic that has to be replaced every 4-5 yrs, need to be fully enclosed from rain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about THIS? Twizy this Up you A-- anyone that would buy a Golf cart............ get real, if you really and something, it does 100MPH and goes 500 miles. If you can not do that, go HOME
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