Renault And The Electric Twizy Reportedly Headed To North America For Sale

MAR 6 2015 BY JAY COLE 35

The Renault Twizy Arrives In North America

The Renault Twizy Arrives In North America

It has been some 25 years since the Renault brand has been seen in North America (ex-Mexico), but a recent report says that the French auto maker is looking to enter Quebec, Canada (then maybe the US later if successful) with everyone’s favorite all-electric quadricycle – the Twizy.

Gee, I wonder If The Twizy Is Being Shown In Quebec Right Now?

Gee, I wonder If The Twizy Is Being Shown In Quebec Right Now?

Now on display at the 34th International Auto Show in Quebec, along with a small contingent of Renault employees is the 2 seat Twizy.

The group is currently looking to find willing distributors (as the company no longer has any dealership footprint in North America) of the EV, along with its latest commercial/cargo version.

Demonstrating how serious they are about beginning sales of the car in Canada (and perhaps ultimately in the US), Renault has submitted the Twizy to Transport Canada to allow it for sale and already has some rebate incentives in place.

The only question now is if they will be able to sell both the Twizy 80 and the Twizy 45 – the numbers indicating the top speed in kilometers. (50 mph and 39 mph respectively)

LaPresse says that originally Renault had other plans for bring an electric vehicle back to North America:

“Initially, the manufacturer wanted to import the Kangoo van, but it is not approved here. If the Kangoo comes here, it will be the redesign of the model is made, but not before four or five years.” – says Daniel Bédard, Assistant Director of Automotive Advisory Services CAA-Quebec.

The Twizy has a maximum range of 100 km (62 miles) based on the NEDC standard, which is equal to about 40 miles (65 kms) on the US EPA standard.

Note Import Label: Dangerous Goods Indeed

Note Import Label: Dangerous Goods Indeed

No word on pricing, but the entry level model starts at €6,990 in Europe ($7,700USD/$9,600 CAD).  According to Renault, buyers in Quebec would be entitled to a $1,000 rebate in the province.

InsideEVs spoke to Simon-Pierre Rioux, who is President of AVEQ – Association des Véhicules Électriques du Québec, and a must read (and bookmark) destination if you are living in North America and fluent in French, about the car.  It was AVEQ who first reached out to Renault to start this process rolling.

Canada-Spec Twizy?

Canada-Spec Twizy?

“There was a nice presentation of the Twizy at the Quebec Auto Show by Renault who flew 4 staff who will be staying during the whole week. 

The Twizy will then go through the SAAQ which is responsible for accepting a vehicle in the province (but without the crash tests, which is Transport Canada’s job).

They (Renault) are using the show as a test bed to see if there is interest. They already have 3 potential candidates but are looking for more before it settles its choice. The Twizy has also started selling recently in Mexico according to Renault, so it does have a N. American VIN which allows it to be registered unlike a vehicle with a Euro VIN… hint hint!

Great french canadian media reception for the Twizy, got much attention at the auto show. The Quebec mayor (quite a character) has asked to ride the Twizy indoors before the show opened its doors.”

Video (below): Renault Twizy presentation (en français) at the International Motor Show in Quebec City this week.

Our thanks to Simon at AVEQ for the inside scoop and pics!

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35 Comments on "Renault And The Electric Twizy Reportedly Headed To North America For Sale"

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I wish them great success as there is a market for this kind of vehicule in town, but i would not be caught dead in such a small vehicule any time soon, if ever!

Having had one for 1.5 glorious months, I will be first in line to pick one up and sneak it over the Quebec border.

I love these things…just a lot of fun. Great for zipping around the property and in town, odd runs to the store, etc.

That being said, pretty much totally impractical, but they really are a h00t. Attention of a Ferrari in a $9k EV…not that I personally want that particular part of the package though.

Better get yourself some good gloves and a jacket! I wonder if there’s going to be Twizy-themed attire. If you’re going to sneak it towards the west, what’s going to happen to servicing? They have been known to have water proofing issues when it comes to the charger. It’s the reason why Nikki Gordon Bloomfield passed here’s on (and that there was a shunt-derived realisation).

@Jay,
Ya, but just dont go to Ontario with that paint job if you value your life, you wont get very far before getting run over. LOL!

I will get one in a solid color…preferably black – as we all know they have greater range, go faster and are just all around the best color for an EV

/science

Gosh, with the vast market for low-speed EVs here in the USA, I’d guess they’ll be able to sell simply -dozens- of them every year… 😉

Okay, more realistically, they may be able to sell a few hundred annually.

For a tiny quadracycle, the speed is fine. The real problem is the NEV laws in the USA. An NEV is limited to 25 mph, which isn’t fast enough to drive on any but the most rural roads without causing a traffic jam. If the twizzy could be sold and still allowed to drive 50 mph, then it could be a great commuter car for some people.

As I understand it, some State laws limit NEVs to roads with a speed limit of 25 MPH or less… essentially limiting the car to gated communities and private roads. Other states limit them to 35 or 40 MPH roads or less. But the point is that in -no- State in the USA can you drive them on the highways or freeways; thus they will always remain a niche product. I think similar laws apply in Canada, and also vary by Province.

I’ve read about the mandated, electronically limited speed of 25 MPH for NEVs, but does that actually apply to all States? Or does that vary on a State-by-State basis?

I’ve also read that the ZENN (a Canadian built NEV) can be hacked to go 35 MPH. Of course, that is probably illegal in some States, but quite possibly legal in others.

NYC just reduced it’s citywide speed limit to 25 MPH, unless otherwise posted (ie highways), in an effort to reduce pedestrian fatalities. But I would NEVER get one unless it had the same level of crash protection crash safety features (ie airbags) as a Smart EV; because you never know when someone in a speeding SUV is going to run a stop sign and t-bone you in your Twizy.

it has airbags as far as I know.
And it looks safer than some other standard cars…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwd3NLngl_k

Americans and Canadians may have a bit higher expectations out of a neighborhood conveyance vehicle. Possibly side doors that can keep out the rain and adequately provide some security and a real suspension might be two areas they can work on.

The battery lease type arrangement most likely won’t go over big either. Americans like to own things – not rent them in perpetuity.

Don’t get me wrong – I love the Twizy. It seems so rough to dish out money for at this time. If I could legally drive one down to the market ( about a mile in my case ) on back roads with at least the safety of a motorcycle – I may buy one. It absolutely needs to be securable – as not to have me return to the parking lot and it’s not there or my tablet has been stolen out of it…and it certainly needs a better suspension that the rock-hard reports coming from literally everyone who has reviewed it.

– Yes, in America, in the Winter we need WINDOWS.
– 2, I like the price though, and the speed.
Surely this could be a second or third family car.
I could use it to get to work.
We just got 7 inches of snow in Pennsylvania, how can you explain the lack of windows???

It will come standard with doors and windows (removable if wanted for warmer and less rainy months) for the Canadian version.

Both at Christmas time and just a week ago I drove around in the snow cladded Maritime Alps of France. The Twizy is very popular in ski ressorts of France and the company iMoove rents them out with a special device on the back where you kan have two people standing on a platform with their ski and equipment. No windows and no windows are needed. I use my Twizy the years around in rainy and snowing Denmark. First I put windows on in the wintertime, however, I removed the again. You are well sheltered by the wide front window screen and windows do reduce the visibility and the wind pulls through the openings. The only thing you should be aware of is that the range decrease the lower the temperature gets. My relatives live in Montreal, Canada, and I shall be very happy to buy a Twizy up there and drive summer and winter.

Sorry for the french link (google translate it), but it shows tha tthis little car is used in the Alps !
http://www.avem.fr/actualite-autopartage-electrique-des-twizy-pour-la-station-de-ski-de-l-alpe-d-huez-4726.html

Both at Christmas time and just a week ago I drove around in the snow cladded Maritime Alps of France. The Twizy is very popular in ski ressorts of France and the company iMoove rents them out with a special device on the back where you kan have two people standing on a platform with their ski and equipment. No windows and no windows are needed. I use my Twizy the years around in rainy and snowing Denmark. First I put windows on in the wintertime, however, I removed the again. You are well sheltered by the wide front window screen and windows do reduce the visibility and the wind pulls through the openings. The only thing you should be aware of is that the range decrease the lower the temperature gets. My relatives live in Montreal, Canada, and I shall be very happy to buy a Twizy up there and drive summer and winter.

“You are posting comments to quickly, please slow down” – Notice I just received from the server.

Now THAT is a first! My comments dis-appeared into space.

It’s not rocket science. Just use the back button on your browser and re-click the “Post Comment” button for re-entry back into earth’s atmosphere. 😀

Unfortunately, they will be limited to 25mph in the US. 🙁

Why don’t you say “Canada” instead of trying to confuse us?

Jay and all,

Your website has been broken ever since you moved to a new server.

— https doesn’t work
— posted comments don’t appear
— the site randomly switches between the desktop and the mobile versions
— my espresso machine is coughing plumes of steam

Ok, maybe not the last one 🙂 but the first three are rather annoying.

Well..lets not say “broke”, lol. The stories and everything are still here, bust the community functions are misfiring.

The issue is that the new server isn’t recognizing the unique IPs of vistors, so it isn’t remembering information like your ID and platform…and it thinks all comments are coming from the same person, so occasionally it say “commenting too fast”

Once we figure out the fix (which rest assured we are working on now – it has proven a bit tricky to troubleshoot), everything will be back to normal.

UPDATE: Problems now ‘fixed’ System loads appropriate platform, and remembers comment info, etc.

HuZZah!

+1, and you have to enter your user name and email adress every time you post a comment.:(

Yes. it looks like a work in progress. InsideEvs is improving, getting faster and better…but maybe it’s the Model X of websites – out on the road running around with big unexplainable gaps on side windows and apologists citing gaffers tape for observable poor fit around the Falcon-Wing doors……

Like Tesla, I’m sure Jay is working tirelessly to get the site in order. It’ll probably take a little time.

There are NO ill fitting gaps in the Falcon Wing doors. None. The naïveté and FUD posts of some readers here, is simply astounding.

When you see the final model, not in camo, we can blog all about the final design tweaks around the doors.

Yeah, I think Tesla figured out how to minimize panel gaps a long time ago.

James said: “InsideEvs is improving, getting faster and better…but maybe it’s the Model X of websites. . .”

InsideEVs is NOT a bloated website! Although like the Model X, the edit button feature is endlessly delayed. That edit button must be as difficult to engineer as falcon-wing doors! 😉

It would be awesome to see a pair of twizy’s on a frozen lake ice doing laps around an oval. 🙂

I have tried that, and it working perfect

Still think they need to create an 1900’d AX style body for it.

There are tourist rental markets all over the world, such a retro-styled EV would be perfect for…

I guess the blanket in the last picture is part of the cold weather package ! See, you won’t have to worry about snow after all.

/theytoughtabouteverything

I thought it was a Haz-Mat Cover, for markets that had Ebola…

Perhaps it’s part of the Twizy KKK package for the Southern US.

The Twizy Grand Wizard Edition?