2012 Renault Twizy – Click above to view video at Autocar

Autocar got its hands on the 2012 Renault Twizy and took the opportunity to put the electric scooter-cum-city car through its paces. The two-seat runabout isn't due until March, 2012, when it'll hit the streets of Europe hoping to be the next big thing in the microcar segment.

While the diminutive Renault may look like a glorified golf cart, and manages a lowly 47-mph top speed, it picks up with gusto and handles well, thanks to its mass being concentrated close to the ground. As you may imagine for a car of its size, it zips around a tight cone course with no issues.

Couple the Twizy's impressive dynamics with an 80-mile range, and you have a viable scooter alternative for those who just can't stand the incessant buzzing of a 50cc engine. The chances of the Twizy ever arriving in the States is nil, thanks to its microscopic girth and limited range. Head to Autocar to see the review for yourself.


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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      That looks ridiculously fun. While I know it would never get to the US, I think if it did, it could be quite popular in the warmer areas of the country... especially beach resort towns or possibly gated (retirement) communities and the like.
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool alternative to a scooter for dense city traffic, but I wonder if they'll offer some sort of doors as options. Seems like they're so close to offering complete weather protection they might as well and then it would really make sense. Oh, and you know someone will stick a Hayabusa engine in it.
      Bidkos.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      this was cool ,
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool car, i'd hit it. Sounds like a fun ride. And a big improvement over.. pretty much every electric car of this size produced until now.
      harlanx6
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it for $8K or less. If they hang a $20K+ price on it , it becomes just another toy for those who have more money than brains.
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 3 Years Ago
      THIS JUST IN! AUTOBLOG HEADLINE CONTAINS HORRENDOUS GRAMMATICAL ERRORS. In other news, the sky is blue...
        AnalogJesse
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        Typo, not a grammatical error. "Its" doesn't need an apostrophe. "Gets" is obviously extraneous, though.
      carfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      it is disconcerting that after 100 years of automotive history a reputable car campany's answer to better fuel consumption is a POS one p[assenger toy!!!! Renault and Nissan are a JOKE!!
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carfan
        This is intended to be a 2-seat alternative to a scooter like an Piaggio MP3. There are also electric alternatives to regular cars. Anyone who underestimates Nissan or Renault is a complete fool.
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carfan
        See the video, it carries two passengers in tandem. This actually makes a ton of sense.as a safer alternative to a scooter in heavily congested cities. Just needs some side curtains.
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      So it's a Chrysler GEM , which has been built for years, that has had the 25mph governor removed.
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris
        Twizy has 3 times the horsepower, more than twice the range, LiIon batteries, a more sophisticated suspension and brakes, more safety equiptment, etc. for about the same price. It's a dramatically more sophisticated vehicle than the GEM or other current NEV's. But your comparison does point to one thing- NEV classification would provide a regulatory niche and market that makes it quit possible that these could come here. I could imagine quite a few zipping around Florida and resort communities.
      Ektor
      • 3 Years Ago
      "for those who just can't stand the incessant buzzing of a 50cc engine". I also find those quite pathetic, but you do know that there are many 250-300cc scooters out here, right? Never mind the 500cc and 650cc which will blow the doors off most SUVs and pick-ups. Oh, and there are electric scooters out there, too, for the eco-friendlies. I see this little contraption more as an alternative to the Smart ForTwo electric which should arrive pretty soon, but in any case it sure points out the direction of near-future urban private mobility.
      • 3 Years Ago
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