Renault Twizy Cargo EV - cargo doorWe've always maintained a quiet appreciation for Europe's appreciation for small cargo conversions – panel-back versions of small passenger cars like the Opel Astra, Ford Fiesta and such. They might not be able to hold great volumes, but for light-duty nimble urban schlepping on the cheap, we can see the value. Here in North America, smaller commercial conversions like the Chevrolet HHR Panel and even the larger Ram C/V have gone largely unappreciated, but that's due to any number of factors – cheaper fuel, more road space, etc.

But even then, it takes some thoughtful head-scratching to appreciate this new Twizy Cargo EV from Renault. No, it's not the Twizy's downed helicopter fuselage shape. While it's a bit zany, we can see why the single-seat electric quadcycle might be desirable in Europe for things like postal service duty and small delivery operations (pizza, anyone?), particularly along narrow cobblestone streets where a larger size can be a major disadvantage. While the standard Twizy features a two-seat tandem arrangement, Twizy Cargo eschews a spot for passengers in favor of a lockable, watertight trunk with 6.3 cubic feet of storage, about a cube larger than the trunk in a 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

The Twizy Cargo EV will be available in two basic formulas, one with a 5-horsepower electric motor, and the other with 17 hp – the former is limited to just 45 kilometers per hour (28 mph) and the latter can zoom up to 80 kph (50 mph). Renault claims "real range" works out to about 50 miles in eco-minded driving and 30 miles or so under "extreme conditions." That all sounds fair enough for a dedicated urban center vehicle, but the pricing gives us pause: the Twizy Cargo will start at 8,080 euro including taxes (around $10,500 USD), which means this runabout is priced higher than many larger, more traditional vehicles offering similar cargo space along with more seats. Scroll down for the official press release.
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Twizy Cargo: a Twizy for business users!

The Twizy family is expanding with Twizy Cargo, a new version designed for carrying goods. A large boot and door make their appearance at the rear. Twizy Cargo is a new take on the smart, fun, go-anywhere all-electric LCV.


Twizy Cargo in brief:

A 180l / 75 kg boot, replacing the rear seat
Stowage available from the rear using a lockable door
Available with the Life 45 and 80 trim
From €8,080 incl. VAT (Cargo 45) and €8,780 incl. VAT (Cargo)*



Twizy, Europe's best selling electric vehicle, always turns heads. Its qualities are clear to business users, since 60% of buyers are companies. A highly driveable car, uniquely easy to use and with running costs of virtually zero, Twizy is the ideal companion for business users.


A new Twizy to go further...

Twizy Cargo is an eminently functional vehicle developed by Renault Tech in cooperation with Renault Sport Technologies. It has the huge advantage of a watertight boot with a capacity of 180l (75 kg), accessible via a rear door that opens to 90°. This conversion was made possible by adapting the cut-out of the rear end and doing away with the passenger seat. The front seat is still moveable, and the door features a locking system that works with the ignition key.

The ultimate urban vehicle and now an LCV, Twizy Cargo is aimed primarily at delivery or express firms, such as lift operators, postal services and emergency services. Highly visible, it can be fitted with decals and customized.

In terms of safety, this compact vehicle has features worthy of a conventional vehicle, with a protective cabin, 4-point seatbelt and airbag.


A full array of advantages

Since Twizy Cargo is a vehicle converted by Renault, buyers can claim back VAT on the purchasing price and battery rental (from €50 month). A decisive argument for companies. Also, buyers gain the same warranty coverage as for other Twizy versions (two years unlimited mileage for the car, three years for the powertrain).

Clever Twizy Cargo clearly has all the assets necessary for clean, easy, economical deliveries. Without forgetting its incomparable agility and capacity to park anywhere.


Technical characteristics


TWIZY CARGO 45 LIFE
MA L6e TWIZY CARGO LIFE
MB L7e
Type Light quadricycle, limited to 45 kph Heavy quadricycle, limited to 80 kph
Engine All-electric
Homologated range 120 km (urban cycle ECE-15) 100 km (urban cycle ECE-15)
Power 5 hp 17 hp
Real range Around 80 km in eco-drivingand 50 km in extreme conditions of use
Vehicle dimensions l x w x h 2 338 x 1 237 x 1 454 mm
Boot dimensions 550 mm (d) x 500 mm (l) x 950 mm (h)
Boot capacity 180 l
Max load 75 kg
Unladen weight 347 kg 375 kg
Kerb weight 446 kg 474 kg
Number of places 1
Prices incl. VAT €8,080 €8,780
Prices excl. VAT €6,750 €7,350
* From €6,750 excl. VAT (Cargo 45) and €7,350 excl. VAT (Cargo)



About Renault TECH

For more than 25 years, Renault TECH has designed, built and sold converted vehicles and provided the services necessary to meet the needs of private and business customers, always respecting Group quality standards.

Renault Tech is a fully owned Renault business unit and part of Renault Sport Technologies. Specializing in adaptations and conversions, it works on different types of vehicle: LCVs, passenger cars, fleets and transport for people of reduced mobility.


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      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Won't work in the US, can't stuff a V8 into it.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        Or an American, either.
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          @aatbloke1967
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          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Carguy, complete and utter BS. I spent many years in the States and many cities - especially the older ones in the east - have an infrastructure ideally suited to small cars. And I've driven small cars in several of those cities. When you're old enough to drive, you might one day gain the commensurate level of experience to understand what I'm talking about. As of now, you don't even offer any degree of automotive knowledge.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Furthermore, do you honestly think Europeans take EVs on lengthy transcontinental journeys? The problem with people like you is that you criticise cars because you see them as "one size fits all purposes", which is patently ridiculous.
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        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        Where there is a will there is a way.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        Give Tim Allen a shot. I bit it fits.
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just missing a rear window and doors still. If you are going to have a city car you might want to have a secure cabin. And I guess they forgot about rain.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like something in Patlabor. Me likes.
      Sole
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd like to see them in 2 person, US or Canada models. I had a Renault in the 80's, greeeeeaaaattt gas milage, handled ice, rain and snow commutes when respected and we had to have at least 300,000 miles, abused the poor thing to death, had probably only 1500 in repairs in its lifetime. it started, had a good radio, held the road for the commutes and got us to and from work safely and same with vacations, it handled mountains well, curves well and well, heck, I just plain wanted another one but they quit selling them here. Fantastic automobile.
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      T-Mille
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should make a red one and call it the Renault Twizzler. Nice wheels, by the way.
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      Much though I like the design of the Twizy, it appears that there are serious concerns on reliability according to some reports: 'While both the Twizy 45 Cargo and Twizy 80 Cargo provide urban businesses with an eye-catching way to deliver goods, I’m dubious that the Twizy is up to life as a commercial vehicle. As an owner of a two-seat Twizy 80, I’ve seen my car spend more time with the dealer recently than in my driveway. The first fault—a service warning light which came on while driving—was traced back to mud and water entering into the Twizy’s tiny charger. Located under the driver’s feet and protected from the outside world by only a metal plate, mud and water ingress into the forward-facing charger fan is a known design flaw. Three days later, I was back at the dealer after the official Renault Twizy Windows—an aftermarket optional extra—came loose from the Twizy’s scissor doors and took some of the door paint with it. Forty-eight hours after it came home, the car was back in the dealership again after the service warning light started to flash yet again. This time, Renault technicians are embroiled in a lengthy investigation to try and pinpoint the source of the fault. I’m not alone. Twizy owners forums across Europe are full of tales of broken on-board chargers, squealing brakes, and sticky accelerator pedals. Renault is doing its best to solve each and every case as it arrises, but the general consensus among EV fans is that the Twizy is suffering build quality and technical faults generally reserved for low-volume neighborhood electric vehicles made by unknown brands. ' http://www.plugincars.com/renault-turns-tiny-twizy-cargo-truck-it-task-127590.html
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DaveMart
        LOL...France needs a lemon law...but they couldn't call it a lemon law because that's All-American!!! Let's start a poll on what the Frogs can call their lemon law.....
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        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        Carguy1701 proudly demonstrating his staggering lack of automotive knowledge ... yet again.
          aatbloke1967
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          @aatbloke1967
          Carguy, you're ignorant full stop. This is either because of a) a young age, b) poor education, or c) lack of travel experience. Or, as is likely, a combination of all three. While different cultures do embrace different tastes, to blindly admonish cars like the Twizy because you can't imagine one in your trailer park is utterly infantile. Cars like the Twizy are found in Europe because that's where Renault chooses to offer it, not necessarily because of the infrastructure of cities, but because it evades many regulatory costs of owning a regular car.
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          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I do believe he finally gets the point. Revelations are at hand on Autoblog.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          So you are ignorant about other things too then. You must be proud.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      "How do you know when a Frenchman's been in your backyard? Your garbage is scattered and your dog is pregnant." --S King. He could've well added this car to the list.
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      how do u fags hate on the smart but like this piece of ****? makes no sense all u lames complain about the smart not being safe but nothing is said about this ROFL
      graphikzking
      • 1 Year Ago
      I could see such a market for these around the world. Obviously not on busy huge US Streets but I was on an island in Mexico - Isla Mujeres a few years ago and Golf Carts and Scooters were the primary method of transportation. These would be much more comfy I'm thinking for people. I wish there were more towns where this type of vehicle were prevalent. It is so calming when driving down windy small streets with the wind in your hair and small shops galore. (A big reason why I owned a motorcycle for so long and not have a small convertible).
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @graphikzking
        Not in the USA at all unless they cap its speed to 25mph . . . and that makes it pointless.
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