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It's not often that an automaker says this about its own car: "It looks like a toy and drives like a toy." Sure, Renault follows this up with, "but it isn't a toy," but by that point the message has been delivered: the all-electric Renault Twizy is not your usual vehicle.

When the Twizy EV goes on sale in March of next year, it will be one of the cheapest electric vehicles available for sale in Europe, starting at just €6,990 (that's only $10,400 U.S. at today's exchange rate). True, that price doesn't include the battery pack, but that can be leased for just €45 ($67) a month. The diminutive EV sits somewhere in-between a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) and a full-fledged, highway-capable machine. With a 20-horsepower electric motor capable of prop