Renault Twizy Plug Into The Positive Energy exhibit
  • Renault Twizy Plug Into The Positive Energy exhibit
  • Renault Twizy – “Plug Into The Positive Energy” exhibit

  • Renault Twizy Plug Into The Positive Energy exhibit
  • Renault Twizy – “Plug Into The Positive Energy” exhibit

  • Renault Twizy Plug Into The Positive Energy exhibit
  • Renault Twizy – “Plug Into The Positive Energy” exhibit

  • Renault Twizy Plug Into The Positive Energy exhibit
  • Renault Twizy – “Plug Into The Positive Energy” exhibit

The UK division of Renault is promoting the Twizy two-seat electric vehicle with a new, six-minute video and is pitching its customization possibilities by making it available in designs that include the Union Jack.

The video, which hypes Twizy's style quotient by showing its female "driver" checking out Italian leather sofas and a semi-hipster dude cruising through the streets of Ibiza, Spain, calls the Twizy "the missing link between the scooter and the car," and is, as the narrator says, "compact enough to make a Smart ForTwo mad with envy."

Renault UK highlights characteristics such as its single-charge range of up to 75 miles and its ability to be fully recharged in less than four hours.

Renault, according to a report by Technologic Vehicles, is aiming to expand sales of the Twizy to Turkey, Israel, Japan and Singapore as well as South America after selling about 6,500 vehicles throughout Europe. The French automaker began selling the Twizy EV in France in March and expanded to the UK the following month. You can watch the test drive below.



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      Warren
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is not an accident of history that distracted, amateur drivers are allowed to drive around in two and a half ton trucks with TV's and internet access. The SUV is the most deadly private vehicle on the road...not to the driver, but to those they hit. These things exist because of huge loopholes put into emissions, safety, and mileage laws at the behest of the auto industry. They force the rest of society into a cold war, MAD style arms race.
        American Refugee
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Warren
        They are also dangerous to their drivers. The number one cause of death in road accidents is roll over, and SUV's, especially the earlier truck-based ones, are much more likely to roll over. For years they were listed as the second most dangerous category of automobile, after sub-compacts. They offered the illusion of safety, while actually increasing danger to thier drivers, who failed to do their research. Which pretty much explains their popularity in America :)
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      While this video is exceptional, portraying the Twizzy as a serene driving experience, I like better the drive through the British country side, where they show you this thing handling like a go-cart. Exciting performance. But, the US NEEDS WINDOWS. And probably a top speed of 75, and a longer wheelbase for highway driving?, and a bit more battery and engine. But, the price is right for a City/Suburb car, as long as you're in a city that drops off a rental to your doorstep, when you need a long distance ride. ( Budget Car Rental )
      ScubaChris
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a Union Flag, not a Union Jack. Just sayin' ;o)
        amtoro
        • 1 Month Ago
        @ScubaChris
        There is no such thing as the Union Flag... the correct name is the Union Jack.
          ScubaChris
          • 1 Month Ago
          @amtoro
          Did you really just say "There's no such thing as a Union Flag" on a public forum? I hope you're not British as that would be doubly embarrassing.
      Warren
      • 2 Years Ago
      Odd. Here in the freest, most exceptional country on earth (Just ask us.) we can't even buy one.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Warren
        Nobody is stopping you from importing one, and using it on your own private property.
          Warren
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Yeah, great! I was at the supermarket yesterday, and the guy in front of me had a huge handgun strapped to his belt, like it was a pager, so he could defend himself, in case I seemed threatening. But I would need to drive the Twizzy around my yard.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          "But I would need to drive the Twizzy around my yard." Some people have bigger yards than others. You sound like yours is pretty small. Perhaps your complaint is that the Twizy hasn't been manufactured to meet US roadworthiness specs? I can agree with that issue - but there are many interesting vehicles sold internationally that likewise cannot be operated legally in US roads. Maybe you could find a specialist (grey-market) importer who could handle the appropriate paperwork and modifications to federalize one. Nobody's stopping you from buying a Twizy (your original complaint). However, there are valid reasons why you can't operate one on public roads in the US.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          I would assume that man had completed all the proper applications for open carry. Perfectly legal. Personally, I'd rather see an open carry and know someone has a gun, instead of having a concealed weapon that I don't know about.
      Warren
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford Future, Side curtains worked great on my 1957 MGA, and are already available for the Twizzy. Less weight, and expense. And PLEASE no power windows in an EV. My hands work fine, thank you. A 75 mph speed is pointless. It takes about twice as much energy to go 75 mph, as it does to go 50 mph. So you 60 mile range goes to 30 miles, to save 24 seconds per mile. The car you are describing already exists. It is the Leaf at $38K. Give me a sensible EV I can afford.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      The thing is people better start looking at these things seriously. PA water supply is rapidly being poisoned by the damn frackers, and President Romney's planned attack on IRAN will bring $8 gas. Because, the Republicans are going to steal this election, funded by Oil and Koch money, Global warming is going to get seriously worse, and the Republicans will unrestrict Speculation in the Oil Market Guaranteeing Sky Hi Oil Prices.
        Spec
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Ford Future
        You need to calm down. Things are not that bad.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like loads of fun, but needs Windows, for rainy weather.
      Roy_H
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does this car meet all the latest crash safety regulations? Why people think a car on public roads is safe from being run over by a truck just because it has limited top speed is a mystery to me. This trend will undo years of safety promotion, as manufacturers return to the old concept of let people decide if they want safe transport or not. What happens then is that two classes of cars develope, cheap and unsafe, and expensive and safe. Only the wealthy will end up driving safe cars. I guess this is an effective way to limit population growth of the poorer class.
        Ford Future
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Roy_H
        Aren't well all tired of the FAT old SUV by now. They drive like crap. Small cars are 1000% more fun. Sure, if you're old and terrified of traffic, get yourself an SUV or a Caddy. But, for the rest of us, it's time to live.
          Marcopolo
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Ford Future
          @ Ford Future But not for long, in small dangerous, underpowered vehicles.
        Warren
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Roy_H
        Because of short sighted regulations, I can either buy a risky, fair weather two wheel EV I can afford, or I can go into debit to purchase 1.5 ton womb-on-wheels.
        Giza Plateau
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        I think you need to revisit some of your thinking
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        So if an SUV or a truck damages one of these and injures or kills the occupant, it is the car that is damaged that is dangerous? Presumably then it is murder victims that should be charged, not the murderer. Speed limits and zone restrictions should be set so that people other than the occupants of tanks are safe. The cheek of these pedestrians, walking around without so much as body armour!
          Marcopolo
          • 1 Month Ago
          @DaveMart
          DaveMart That's a ridiculous comparison ! All drivers, and vehicles occupy a common road space and use common resources. It's just an accident of history that two-wheeled vehicles, quadra-cycles etc are allowed on public roads. Two-wheeled traffic represents about 4% of traffic in most nations, and yet consumes more nearly 40% of road trauma resources. For decades, the automotive industry, safety campaigners, health professionals, and traffic engineers have spent billions on making vehicles and road infrastructure safer, and more efficient. Advocating the adoption of vehicles with less safety features than a 1960's mini, for purely ideological reasons, is just plain selfish and irresponsible ! Roy_H, is to be congratulated for his commonsense.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Twizy is the best selling EVs in Europe. At the end of June, Renault has sold a total of 6,057 Twizy in Europe, including 1,583 in June alone when sales in Germany were almost double as in France! The Twizy peaked at 2,113 units in April – a figure that would have placed it at #130 in the European models ranking that month, well above the Nissan Leaf at #230 with 345 units. http://bestsellingcarsblog.com/2012/08/21/europe-has-renault-nailed-the-electric-car-with-the-twizy/ But it won't do well in the UK, Brits prefer to buy rather than lease, own rather than hire out for a day in some city day trip. UK only brought 52 EVs last month sales were down -71% on July 2011 don't know what the breakdown was of the twizzy leaf etc sales breakdown was for 52 UK EV sales in July.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        'Brits prefer to buy rather than lease' No they don't. Around 50% of new cars are on lease programs, as it is more tax efficient.
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      A lot of people have asked for doors. Or one door, one blocked. You only need one
      Warren
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the Obama administration wanted to move us to EV's they could allow heavy quadricycles. Limit them to 55 mph, ban them from interstates, and give the $7500 tax credit. The companies couldn't build them fast enough.
        Ford Future
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Warren
        Why 55, how about 75 mph to be realistic? Or tri-cycles?
          Warren
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Ford Future
          See my post above. There is nothing "realistic'"about 75 mph. It is a fantasy we have indulged for several decades. The energy of a collision goes up as the square of the velocity. Increasing speeds increases fatalities, and drives up the cost of vehicles in the form of evermore complicated safety measures. Tricycles are not as stable as four wheeled vehicles. They require a wider track for the same roll stability, and it is difficult to get ideal loading from front to rear.
        upstategreenie
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Warren
        additionally restrict heavy vehicles SUVs trucks ONLY to interstates and it would be perfect.
      upstategreenie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it. it is like an upgraded can am and is perfect for sh!tty roads here. like offroading EV style....
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