For consumers considering buying a Renault Twizy, a four-wheeled covered electric vehicle (EV), some worries about winter driving conditions might be alleviated by this news. For 295 British pounds (about $472 US dollars), owners can now buy a kit that will make the little EV winter proof. Or, at least, a little bit more protected. The Twizy doesn't have a heater, after all.

The optional device – also kind of known as a window – is applied to Twizy's scissor-wing doors to make the small two-seater adaptable to the environment. The Renault weather protection program comes in two parts – one is a rigid metal frame that gets attached to the door, and the other is a transparent layer that is fastened to the frame. No tools are needed to install the kit, no bodywork modification is required and it can be easily removed by the owner when spring returns.

The system has been extensively tested by Renault to ensure its resistance to UV light, corrosion and cold temperatures. It goes on sale through the Renault network starting in late November.

The Twizy is one part of the Renault-Nissan alliance's ambitious plan for global electric vehicle domination. Renault and Nissan have so far committed to an overall investment of $5 billion in battery-electric vehicle development. There are Nissan Leaf vehicles in the European market, though the Renault EV product line is playing a lead role in that region. Just ask the Pope.
Renault Provides Twizy with New Window System

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.

As part of Renault's ongoing attention to quality, the system has been extensively tested to ensure its resistance to UV light, corrosion and cold temperatures. This new accessory goes on sale across the Renault network from the end of November for £295.

Twizy is the first-ever fully-electric urban compact two-seater, combining bold design and bright styling, while being incredibly fun and easy to drive.

Twizy, entirely zero-emission in road use, comes in a choice of three trim levels: Urban, Colour and Technic. Prices start at £6,690, with monthly battery hire starting from £45 including VAT. For more information visit http://www.renault.co.uk/ze
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Renault Provides Twizy with New Window System

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.

As part of Renault's ongoing attention to quality, the system has been extensively tested to ensure its resistance to UV light, corrosion and cold temperatures. This new accessory goes on sale across the Renault network from the end of November for £295.

Twizy is the first-ever fully-electric urban compact two-seater, combining bold design and bright styling, while being incredibly fun and easy to drive.

Twizy, entirely zero-emission in road use, comes in a choice of three trim levels: Urban, Colour and Technic. Prices start at £6,690, with monthly battery hire starting from £45 including VAT. For more information visit http://www.renault.co.uk/ze


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      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      A lot of people have been asking for that. If they made it a real door and added a heater it could be a great success. Jon, it's scissor doors, not gull
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Age-old trick. If there is some stupid regulation that doesn't allow you to have something, just make it available as an after-market item.
        American Refugee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        I'm curious, what stupid regulation kept Renault from including windows?
          American Refugee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          I think that's incorrect, Dave. For example, the Aixam qualifies as a quadricycle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aixam Here's info about quadricycle qualification: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorised_quadricycle For the "light quadricycle" classification, weight might have been a factor, but unless that's the case, it's pretty clear that it wasn't a "regulation", but a business decision to leave out the windows. But ideologues always try to jam the data into their pre-existing belief system.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          I think it may be to qualify as a quadracycle in France, so that 16 year olds can drive it.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        I agree. A stupid regulation. :|
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for the aftermarket adaption to allow me to install a wood-burning stove in the back........
      Neil Blanchard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Twizy drivers should get themselves an electric motorcycle vest, and plug it into the auxiliary power port (after checking the power specs). Warming the driver directly is the most efficient way to go. Side windows should be stock... Neil
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        @ Neil Blanchard Ha Ha ha,ha, ...what ? Hey, Neil that's actually a pretty good idea !
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's good.. cuz the main reason people drive a car is to be out of the elements after all. Silly to not include such a thing as stock equipment.