The Twizy comes with a 15kW (20 PS) electric motor with 57 Nm of torque. Top speed is 75 km/h (47 mph) and range is 97 km (60 miles).
Renault has unveiled the Twizy ultra-compact city car at the Paris motor show.
The Twizy will be the third vehicle in Renault's Z.E. (Zero Emissions) product line and looks more like a covered motorbike with four wheels (13-inch rims) than an actual city car. It seats two, with the passenger sitting behind the driver. The car is 2,320 mm long, 1,191 mm wide and stands 1,461 mm tall. It has a 31 liter lock-box/luggage compartment underneath the rear seat that can be expanded to 55 liters and can hold a small shopping bag or a briefcase.
Renault promises the car will be nimble and practical. Given that the car weighs just 450 kg, including the 100 kg battery pack, and has a turning circle of only 3.4 meters, that may very well be the case.
The Twizy comes with a 15kW (20 PS) electric motor with 57 Nm of torque. Top speed is 75 km/h (47 mph) although Renault will be selling a version in certain countries limited to 45 km/h (28 mph).
Range on the Twizy is around 97 km (60 miles) and charging from a standard 220V 10A outlet takes three hours for a full charge.
The Renault Z.E. Twizy will go on sale in some European markets at the end of 2011 and will be available in the U.K. in early 2012.