Little car, little car-sharing program – for now.

Next week, Renault will start testing a car-sharing program in France with the automaker's Twizy urban electric vehicles, HybridCars reports. The program, called Twizy Way, will take place in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, about 20 miles southwest of Paris, where about 200 people will be allowed to sign up for access to Twizy EVs. The trial period will run through September, after which the service will be open to the public.

Renault started selling the Twizy EV in France in March and debut sales of the model in the UK in April. The Twizy is 92 inches long, or about a foot shorter than the Smart Fortwo. The 17-horsepower Twizy tops out at 50 miles per hour.
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Twizy Way by Renault: an innovative shared electric mobility service

June 11, 2012

Renault is preparing a full-scale test of an innovative sustainable mobility service accessible to all: Twizy Way by Renault. Starting on 21st June, Renault Twizy will provide an all-new car-sharing solution within the urban community (Communauté d'Agglomération) of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France).

Renault is launching Twizy Way by Renault, a simple, eco-friendly shared urban mobility solution.

Starting on 21st June 2012, 50 a fleet of 50 Renault Twizys will flood the streets of the urban community of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Some 200 testers will enjoy the use of a self-service car-sharing facility, with or without reservation, for urban and suburban journeys.

Twizy Way by Renault is scheduled to open to the public after the testing phase, in September 2012.

An innovative, simple and practical service

A complementary solution to public transport, Twizy Way by Renault is a simple, eco-friendly, practical and completely novel car-sharing service that provides a new way to get around town.

Twizy Way by Renault offers complete freedom: users take the closest Twizy to their home, use it for as long as they need and park it on any car park located within the test area.

They can instantly find out where the nearest available Renault Twizy is parked in real-time using a smartphone application, the web. Using a Renault Twizy could not be simpler.

Users can scan the QR code* on the vehicle if they have no reservation, or reserve their desired Twizy no more than 15 minutes before using it (via the web, hotline or smartphone). With Twizy Way by Renault, anything is possible and everything simple.

100% Electric, Renault Twizy is a playful vehicle particularly suited to the new urban mobilities, with an easy handling and a minimum dimensions. The road behavior of Renault Twizy is very reassuring with its four wheels equipped with disk brakes. The passive safety is not in rest with a conductive airbag and safety belts 4 points in front and 3 points behind.

With Twizy Way by Renault, Renault confirms its status as an innovative manufacturer by launching a new, practical, eco-friendly, alternative urban mobility solution intended to appeal to the mass market.

* Printed on a label, the QR Code is a 2 dimensions bar code which may be deciphered from a mobile phone equipped with a camera. It sends back towards a dedicated Web application.

A full-scale test

The Twizy Way by Renault experiment is set to begin on 21st June 2012 In partnership with the urban community of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (CASQY). To start with and until the end of September, Renault will offer some 200 testers the chance to try out this unprecedented service.

The fleet of 50 Renault Twizys will be distributed over a pilot area covering around 27km2. There are no fixed stations: the users will take the vehicles wherever they find them and leave them in any car park within the test area.

Twizy Way by Renault is a private service in the public interest: its operation (maintenance, recharging of vehicles, etc.) will be managed by Renault. The municipalities of the pilot area (Montigny-le-Bretonneux, Guyancourt, Voisins-le-Bretonneux, a part of Trappes) grant the authorizations for using the public domain and, with CASQY, participate in the promotion of the service.

"With this practical test, Renault wishes to confirm that Twizy is particularly well-suited to car-sharing schemes and verify the logistics required to offer this self-service solution", says Thierry Viadieu, Director of Renault's New Mobility Programme.

This service is scheduled to be opened to the public at the end of September 2012.


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      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can see these becoming ubiquitous in tourist areas - what a great way to sightsee!
        Guillaume Séguin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        Years ago I went on holidays on some tiny French island. People were renting bikes or small jeep-ish cars to get around. This kind of cars would be the perfect fit for these small touristic islands and great way to promote that Twizy.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What does Renault have against putting windows in their vehicles?
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's built to French quadracycle regulations so that 16 year olds can drive it.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @Spec: In much the same way as young people can ride scooters and small motorbikes in Europe, which are perhaps 30 times more dangerous than the cars they are forbidden.
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          16 year olds can't handle windows?
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        What would happend if they'd put windows on it? It would be considered a 'car' and banned? Laws are dumb.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          I knew it was something to do with French legislation, but I had not checked the full details. Apparently doors are not explicitly banned: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorised_quadricycle However, in practise getting within the power limits of a vehicle like this running on batteries precludes them: 'Buyers can chose between a Twizy with no doors, a non-structural tilting side bar, or a bottom half-door, which tilts forward to open. Legislation precludes a full side door as it means additional complication, weight and a power drain for a heated front screen. You will need to wear a jacket, although you can purchase an optional waterproof blanket, which French scooter riders often use, known as a jupe, or skirt.' http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/car-tech/1284439/renault-twizy-preview
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          BTW, presumably it would be possible for the DIY chap to rig some sort of window, although the way the doors open would make it awkward.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          DaveMart Im sure adding typical car windows would be complex, but installing 1/8" plastic windows (even windows that can't be lowered) would be very easy and wouldn't add much complexity in return for a great improvement in comfort. It rains a lot in central Europe, and it's cold in winter. This Twizy would be completely USELESS for a big part of the year.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          Nick: Don't tell me, tell Renault and Toyota! It is not just the windows, although bear in mind that if they provide an enclosed space car manufacturers may have regulations they have to follow, but they would also need to provide a ventilation system. I doubt the choices they have made are completely arbitrary.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          It's the free accessory of natural through-flow ventilation and heating by the sun or go without that has led to that design choice! ;-)
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          Government...
      JP
      • 2 Years Ago
      Put some damn side windows in it so I can drive it in the rain and snow, and lock things up inside, then we'll talk.
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