The Renault Twizy Visits New York, And Soon US Dealerships?

5 years ago by Jay Cole 5

If you want to get noticed in an electric car, forget the Nissan LEAF, Prius Plug-In or Chevrolt Volt, they are too tame. Tesla Roadster then? How about the Fisker Karma? Those are nice choices, but nothing comes close to the Renault Twizy.

To prove this point, Renault had the Twizy make its rounds through New York City this weekend, and no one overlooked this electric car. Can we even call it a car?  Its more like the Hot Wheels version of an electric car.  Insane curves? It has them.  Funky interior?  Has that too.  Windows?  Who needs those?  How about super car scissor doors? Why not.

If there is more visual bang for the automotive buck on the road today, I don’t know what that could be. In the UK, where the car is currently on sale, it comes in at about £6,690 with a £45 battery hire…that is about $10,500 in USD, and a battery lease of $70 monthly on top.

Now the drawbacks, and there aren’t many, other than it is ridiculously impractical and only seats two.   Unless of course, its a Friday night, and you have just decided on a whim to leave you NY city loft and ‘pop on down’ to see Chicago playing at your local Ambassador Theater, then it makes perfect sense.  A maximum speed of either 45 or 80 km/hr (depending on the model) can hamper your long distance plans, as could the 60 mile maximum range.

Still, even though Renault has always said this was envisioned for Europe, and last time I checked I didn’t notice a lot of Renault dealerships stateside, the company sent out a few ripples while in the Big Apple by stating “Renault Twizy won’t go on sale in the US … but you just wait and see”.

/looks like your larger metropolitan Nissan dealerships are going to be stocking the flashiest EV on the planet after all

C'mon Who Wouldn't One of These? Useless...But Fun As Heck

Watch Robert Llewellyn’s FullyChargedShow take it out for a spin (points to Backstroke for pointing this mini-review out):

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5 responses to "The Renault Twizy Visits New York, And Soon US Dealerships?"

  1. backstroke says:

    Fun little car. If you haven’t already, check out Rob Llewellyn fully charged review.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfQ8F_mfF6E&list=UUzz4CoEgSgWNs9ZAvRMhW2A

  2. Jay Cole says:

    Good find backstroke, thats pretty new, I had not seen it yet myself. I’ll put up the direct player to Robert’s show up into the post if anyone wants to check it out.

    (I will mention on one of the lead frames, he has the price for the UK in £s incorrect. I think he has done Euro math rathering than checking the MSRPs: starts at €6,990 up to €8,490 in Europe, but £6,690 to £7,400 in the UK)

  3. Delta says:

    Get these made in China and India where thay understand small cars and sell a million or two
    .

    This is a rethinking of what 80 percent of what transportation really is -transporting a human body 2, 3 or 4 miles to do a few errands. Who decided that – or rather convinced us – that We needed a vehicle that can do the Rubicon so that we can go to the local Wal-mart for a bag of chips and a coke?

  4. GeorgeS says:

    Make it go 70 MPH and it’s a deal.

  5. John says:

    I’ve been driving a Twizy for a few weeks now. I rented one ONCE and I just had to buy it. Cars are really expensive in my country because of taxes. The electric onces are tax free. So this is of course dirt cheap.
    The funny thing is that is has become the most used “car” in the family. Just to get to and from work, to and from the store, to and from friends.. it is absolutely NOT ridiculously impractical, like the article states. They have not tested it.

    I live in .. kind of like the suburbs of a small city.. and it is perfect. We’re going to buy our second Twizy in May or June. No need to use the large car for the little things.
    I use it when I go to the gym, to the movies and what not..

    But it’s not for those who commute large distances at high speed. It can not replace a family car with many seats, large space for cargo, pulling a trailer, carrying two complete scuba sets and so on.. though I have now seen one with a small trailer.. just a bit larger then those you can tow behind a bicicle.

    But is is a supers extra car. It rules the city. Turns on a dime, feels swift, good acceleration, super practical for 1-2 persons getting from A-B. There are litte or no maintenance. The batteriers are leased, so when you need new – there is no large bill to pay. In my country we get free parking!! free charging !! and pay no taxes, no fees no nothing.
    It should just be a little bit better at winter.
    It’s a cheap, snappy, easy to drive car that gets you from A-B in style. Chicks dig it too. They start a conversation with you when you arrive in this thing. I should have had one of these when I was in my late teens..

    If you get the chanse… try one. They are fun to drive – and after a few days you will realise they are quick and rule the city. Narrow streets, drive between cars that are stuck in traffic.