Quirky and distinctive, the Renault Twizy is a compact urban runabout that’s entertaining, eco-friendly and easy to drive. The two-seater was Europe’s top-selling electric vehicle in 2012, and no wonder – battery power means no filling up, no emissions, and no London Congestion Charge or road tax.
Renault Twizy Design
The Twizy’s futuristic, eye-catching design is sure to attract attention. Everything about the car is different - the funky scissor-doors open forwards and upwards rather than outwards, and there are no windows (you can even choose to do without the doors if you want).
Even better, you can customise the bodywork to reflect your personality. Choose a bright colour, an animal print, flowers or camouflage. For something even more personal, you can have it branded with your company logo or a design of your own choosing.
Made for urban driving, the model has a 17bhp engine, a top speed of 50mph and a range of about 62 miles. Battery hire starts from just £45 per month and the car comes with a charger and cable – so you can charge it at home or at one of London’s 700 charging points. At just over 2.3 metres long and with a weight of just 474 kg, it’s supremely easy to manoeuvre and park – yet, you won’t feel claustrophobic in the cabin.
There’s plenty of headroom for both the driver and the passenger, who sits behind the driver rather than alongside. There are three storage compartments, including a 31-litre compartment in the back, and you can also move the back seat to provide extra space. As well as the stealthily quiet electric engine, narrow tyres mean there’s very little road noise.
Typically for a Renault, the Twizy is well equipped with safety features. There’s a driver’s airbag, front and rear crumple zones, an extra driver’s seatbelt which goes over your right shoulder, and a load limiter. An electronic engine immobiliser and locking steering column keep the controls safe, and the handbrake also locks and can’t be released without the key.
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