Renault sure does know how to make a statement. With its new Renault Twizy, the company has successfully introduced an electric car that’s so unlike Tesla sedans. Apparently, car is designed to be eclectic with its shell-like cabin and funny-looking wheel.
Anyway, electric sedans that have been introduced in the past have always had the problem when it comes to their prices. They are just too much expensive for such a minute car. Thankfully, Renault has found a way to ensure that the Twizy will come out affordably since the price for the eye-catching car starts at 6,690 euros..
During its debut, Renault has specifically introduced the Twizy as a city-car. This means, it performs best when one is in a crowded city street and needs to get some place fast.
Despite its “affordable” price, the Twizy has some weird features. One of which is its scissor doors which has plastic upper windows and translucent lower glass. In order to open the upper windows, a zipper is put in place instead of study locks. The said door will also cost users an add-on price of about 1,000 euros.
Another unique and disturbing feature of the car is its cabin which has small gaps all over the place. Since it has a lot of holes, and the door is unlike any other usual car-doors, no secure lock is in place. With this, leaving things in the car is very unsafe. Also, when it rains or the weather is not good, water and more air may circulate inside the cabin.
Others have also commented that the Twizy’s dashboard needs a lot of improvement since the placement of indicators and such do not help for ease of usability. The electric sedan also does not have a rear view mirror, no air-conditioning or heating system, and no gears.
Charging the car takes about 3.5 hours when plugged into a 240V of domestic socket in Europe. The battery of the Twizy, which has an estimated usage of about 4,500 to 9,00 miles in a year) is actually not for sale. Apparently, Twizy batteries are leased from Renault for about 0.15 euros per mile for a one year rent.
On the other hand, despite all that it lacks, drivers who were able to use the Renault Twizy agreed on one thing, they had fun using the car. Apparently, the weirdness and simplicity of the car is also its appeal since drivers get to feel like they’re just playing in a go-kart range. They said that car speed can reach up to 50mph.
If you don’t mind getting a car with very few accessories, then check out Renault’s new baby. On the other hand, if you prefer to have better wheels, a glass roof, and some convenience kit, then you might need to say goodbye to more cash.