Renault Twizy ZE – Electric Car
Due for release in 2012, the Renault Twizy ZE is the latest in the electric car concept range. As Renault can do no wrong at the moment, then why not go for a brave electric car, perfect for the city? Being dubbed as a 'quadricycle' this four-wheeled motorbike with a roof could just be the thing for city-dwellers needing to quietly zip to the shops and back. Prices are going to be around the £6,000 mark.
Renault Twizy ZE – Car Tax
Being an Electric Car it is devoid of any car tax, which in the UK, saves at least £100 a year. While the development costs for an electric car are high and are passed onto the list price, running costs and the 'green' factor are the major pulls for a car like this.
Renault Twizy ZE – C02 Emissions
Zero emissions are the main point of the Renault Twizy ZE. If electric cars are the future then hopefully buying one now and using it for years will have an impact on the environment, compared to a petrol-fueled car.
Renault Twizy ZE – Safety Features
Being little more than a golf-cart, the Twizy is not dripping in safety features, mainly because it isn't intended to hustle with the rest of the cars on motorways etc. There is only a tub-like cabin designed to pass any impact forces from an accident around the structure, meaning passengers are less likely to be hurt.
Renault Twizy ZE – Driving Range
Aside from the high insurance figures that electric cars demand, the running costs are minimal. Only a drain on your, or someone else’s, electric power supply is needed every 90 miles or so.
Renault Twizy ZE – Comfort
This electric Renault Twizy is really made for the sunnier climates of Monaco or similar, where there is an all-year-round helping of sunshine. With no windows and only a thin piece of plastic stopping the elements wetting your feet, there is not much comfort here.
Renault Twizy ZE – Cabin Finish
The finish of the cabin is very good, the plastics are great-looking and appear as though they would last a long time. The lifeline of the lithium batteries that run the motor is still under some scrutiny, but hopefully they will outlast a comparable petrol engine and make buying a Twizy worthwhile.
Renault Twizy ZE – Top Speed
With a top speed of 82mph the Twizy is not the fastest car on the road. It reaches 60mph in 14 seconds, although running the car flat-out will diminish the batteries quickly, and it is much more suited to pootling around a city centre anyway.
Renault Twizy ZE – Storage Space
There is no boot space to speak of and not much in the way of a glove box. It is similar to a golf-buggy in terms of size and shape, although it would be doubtful a full set of clubs would fit in the Twizy. Practicality in the Twizy comes in the form of it not being a burden on your bank account for day to day running.
Renault Twizy ZE – Conclusion
With a low weight and no overhangs, the little Renault Twizy ZE turns in keenly and feels like a go-kart. While it may not get up to speed very quickly, the electric motor has instantaneous power from a standing start, meaning it will zip away from traffic lights with ease.