The Twizy can be adapted to a variety of situations, from wall art to music video attention getter. Eurocarblog, for example, has a new story about a Twizy decorated in such a way that it is, "blatantly inspired by the work of Pablo Picasso," in order to take part in a Milan exhibition dedicated to the painter. But Renault's latest suggestion for the odd little electric vehicle (EV) is one we really didn't see coming.

This week, Renault offered firefighters in Paris the chance to test out a Twizy that had been "adapted to firefighters' needs." That means that the minimal back seat was taken out and replaced with emergency equipment, specifically "two fire extinguishers, two oxygen tanks, a fire suit, a helmet and a first-aid kit." Starting in November, the prototype will be used for an eight-month period as a support vehicle, "for early interventions ahead of the arrival of more consequential lifesaving equipment." In other words, the ER-ready Twizy can flit in and get the rescue started, without pesky things like doors getting in the way.
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Firefighters try out Twizy
October 24, 2012

On October 24 Renault is presenting the Paris firefighter brigade with the keys to a Twizy prototype adapted to firefighters' needs.

The Twizy prototype was co-developed by Renault, Renault Tech, the company's vehicle conversion subsidiary, and the Paris firefighter brigade. The special model was designed for early interventions ahead of the arrival of more consequential lifesaving equipment.

The rear seat has been replaced by a trunk used to store emergency response equipment, i.e. two fire extinguishers, two oxygen tanks, a fire suit, a helmet and a first-aid kit.

Tests of the prototype will begin in November for an eight-month period, the aim being to use Twizy as a support vehicle in Paris and its immediate suburbs and when setting up temporary safety installations (for major public events, July 14, New Year's Eve, etc.). The Paris firefighter brigade is reviewing the long-term possibility of setting up a fleet of light electric vehicles, for more efficiency and environmental respect.

For Claire Petit Boulanger, tertiary safety officer at Renault, "This initial prototype is real-life proof of the research and development work carried out together with the emergency services, demonstrating Renault's ability and determination to innovate to meet the needs of firefighters."

Renault and the French national firefighter association, FNSPF, signed a partnership agreement on June 21, 2012 to step up their collaborative efforts in fields including technical cooperation and donating vehicles to firefighters for vehicle-extrication training.

* Renault subsidiary dedicated to additional adaptations


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      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      France continues to be Heaven. - Cool cars. - Great beaches. - Best healthcare in the world, for ALL Citizens. - 2 month vacation. And in spit of all this, the most productive workforce in the world.
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another article on this use here: http://evworld.com/news.cfm?newsid=29042 'The rear seat has been replaced by a trunk used to store emergency response equipment, i.e. two fire extinguishers, two oxygen tanks, a fire suit, a helmet and a first-aid kit.'
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      'Renault Twizy drivers can stay looking cool in the cold this winter thanks to a nifty new window system which has hit the UK market before the big freeze kicks in. Road gritting teams have been put on red alert to deal with the first wave of wintry conditions after forecasters warned temperatures are likely to fall dramatically from the weekend. But, Twizy owners and future buyers will be warmed to know it takes just minutes to fit a new winter-proof accessory to Renault’s 100 per cent electric head-turner in the comfort of your own home. The new device, which fixes onto Twizy’s gullwing doors is a smart, high-quality piece of kit that will keep the British weather out for just £295 including VAT, and make the compact two-seater even more versatile. Renault’s total protection system comes in two parts – a rigid metal frame which attaches to the door and a flexible, transparent ‘window’ which fastens to the frame by means of a zip. It needs no tools to fit, can easily be removed by the owner and requires no bodywork modification to make the futuristic-looking urban compact suitable for the conditions this winter. An opening in the window provides access to the door handle and enables the transparent panel to be opened or closed. Two slits in the panel – one at the front and the other at the rear – ensure a sufficient flow of air to prevent the attention grabber’s interior from misting up.' http://evworld.com/news.cfm?newsid=29044
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its not this week. 'Suite à l’essai de 15 jours de la Twizy par les pompiers de Paris, l’enthousiasme a l’air mitigé. Les pompiers apprécient la Twizy pour sa motorisation électrique et son agilité dans le déplacement. En revanche, l’usage de la Twizy ZE pour les interventions incendie et secours ne parait pas évidente. La voiture électrique pourrait surtout servir à des missions de support pour les pompiers (déplacement des pompiers entre brigades et casernes,' http://www.voiture-electrique-populaire.fr/actualites/twizy-pompiers-181 They've been using it for two weeks, and use it to nip about between brigades etc, not directly for firefighting.
        Peter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        Thanks for the quote, for those who might have difficulty with French, it specifically mentions that the Twizzy is, on the other hand, NOT suitable for firefighting. It still is quite a cute city car for warm climates
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Peter
          Yeah, i got lazy. They are saying that it is used for support, not firefighting, to move firefighters about.
          mustang_sallad
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Peter
          "NOT suitable for firefighting." That is until 5 of these guys combine into a giant firefighting robot!
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      How many firefighters does it carry, gotta better fire fighting equipment than it carries in my house already. It does not even carry a smoke hood, l have 4.
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