Renault Twizy 40 Arrives In Canada This Summer

2 years ago by Jay Cole 24

Renault Twizy 40 - On Sale This Summer In Canada

Renault Twizy 40 – On Sale This Summer In Canada

This week our friends at Renault dropped us a line that the Twizy 40 will soon be available in Canada.

We Expect The Renault Twizy To Be Available In Quebec Primarily (via AVEQ)

We Expect The Renault Twizy To Be Available In Quebec Primarily (via AVEQ)

The Twizy 40 has just cleared that last regulatory hurdle to allow the all-electric Renault quadricycle to be sold in the country, as it has now been certified by Transport Canada.

The Canadian Renault Twizy (Twizy 40) is fitted with a type-1 charging cable and side reflectors. With speed capped at 40 km/h, it comes under the Canadian category of low-speed vehicles (four-wheel electric vehicles with top speed from 32 to 40 km/h).

The cars are available through AZRA Canada, and go on sale this summer.

We spoke to a Renault representative about the launch, and were informed that there will be a press event in Montreal (on April 15th) to announce more specific details on its price, specs, and regions of availability.

Our expectation is for mostly early sales in Quebec, as in some provinces (such as Ontario) the Twizy is not yet cleared for use on public roads.  AZRA does hope to sell it throughout Canada at some point.

Earlier we reported that a price-point around $17,000 ($13,000 USD) was forecasted for the model in Canada.

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.  As for the more able Twizy 80 (as in 80 km/h top speed) says it is a possibility someday, but currently there is no category for it to slot into.

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24 responses to "Renault Twizy 40 Arrives In Canada This Summer"

  1. Big Solar says:

    Will they ever be allowed here?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      and by here, you mean…

      We are trying to rejig our schedules to meet up with the Renault people in April in Montreal, just because I personally don’t often get the chance to interact with them directly (Euro-based and all) – so if you have questions, I can get a batter feel for the selling environment then.

      1. Jay, per my comment further down, and others thoughts:

        – Will it be listed as a new EV for Provincial Rebates?

        – Will it have J1772 charging only, or will it have CCS or CHAdeMO? (What rate in kW, would the charging be?)

        – Will this be limited to Campuses, Parks, and other like Private Property operations, or will it be allowed on public streets?

        – Will they be putting extra effort in getting the Twizzy 80 Certified in Canada, and approved for Public Roads, and listed for new EV Rebates in the 3 Provinces, at least?

        – Will they be only selling these in Quebec, or have they plans or prospects to sell them from locations in the other Provinces?

        Also, EV Fest Electric Vehicle Show would be a great place to show this in Ontario, might they like to exhibit it there? http://www.evfest,ca

        1. Jay Cole says:

          I know some of these answers, but I’m doing a little back and forth atm with Renault, I’ll try to get definitive on the list on all the points.

          I can say, Ontario is one of the trickier locations for NEVs (this time we mean Neighborhood, lol)…I’ve attempted to get a Twizy/NMC out of Nissan forever, lol. Really don’t expect it on the short list for regionally availability in Ontario at all…but will know more soon.

          1. Mxs says:

            Ontario does not get traffic laws/projects in general …. People might think the opposite because of the “top of the line” incentives announced recently.

            But ask any Ontarian and they will tell you their piece of mind …. Start with the insurance, HOV’s, 407 and on and on and on ….. Ontario just does not get it what it takes to manage traffic in 21st century. Not by a mile …

            This vehicle can be popular in Europe and busy place like France where btw they get motorcycles too. Ontario considers motorcycles and anything small the enemies. You cannot use most HOV’s, you cannot free park and you certainly cannot legally filter and lane split.

            This vehicle will cost 17K and the province of Ontario will surely make sure you pay for insurance as much as you do for a much larger car …. They always do.

            So the logic of bringing this thing to Canada? Zero, absolute zero and not only because of the climate …..

  2. G2 says:

    Great, but for $17K CAD you can get 5 seats, 130km range and 145kph in a used Leaf.

    Begs the question: “why”?

    1. Ken says:

      Where are you finding a used Leaf in Canada for $17,000? See, to be very few around and all I’ve seen are extremely pricey

      1. G2 says:

        Not to promote any particular place, but here was the closest to me:
        http://www.motorizevictoria.ca

    2. Jasmin says:

      And doors… I would imagine doors are a pretty big deal for car buyers in Canada. I hear it’s a bit chilly compared to the Cote d’Azur.

      For comparable range at a lower price, a used i-Miev makes way more sense, plus you get Chademo, 4 seats, climate control, luggage space…. and doors.

  3. mustang_sallad says:

    I think this will be a flop. People are excited about this thing assuming they could use it on all roads, but they will probably look elsewhere once they realize how it’s been classified and how they won’t be able to use it on most roads.

    Also, the Twizzy only offers AC charging in France, so I don’t think it’ll be able to use any of AZRA’s DCFC stations. I wonder if AZRA even knows this, I remember when their website first launched and they had a picture of a Type 2 CCS connector on it – a little strange for a company installing DCFC stations in North America.

  4. The Nanny States in Canada (Zombie Voice) must…protect…you…from…yourself. Must…not…let…you…drive…this. Too…dangerous…. in…a…crash! 🙂

    Likely to face as many roadblocks here in Canada Federally, as well as Provincially, as the ZENN did, that was made/assembled in Quebec!

    Funny thing is, I saw the first one of these back in July, 2012, in Florence, Italy, while on a shore excursion from a Mediterranean Cruise! Later on the same cruise, I saw another one in Sicily!

    Based on Renault sales, I remember these had a great sales volume for a while. One would think, that with four or more years of sales, it’s accident record would be available, and based on YouTube car crash videos, even Trucks can be deadly, to other trucks, SUV’s, and cars, so how is this going to be any less safe?

    Safety, is practically more the issue of the nut behind the wheel, than the nut bolting it to the car!

    1. Cavaron says:

      Right! And people can legally buy motorcycles which go faster and offer less protection. So where is the safety there?

      1. Exactly! And where is the Bureaucratic Nannism Logic There?

        1. super390 says:

          Helmet laws.

      2. Djoni says:

        And that doesn’t mean wheelie driving.
        Never mind.
        Anything on the road is as safe as the driver behind the wheel, or the handlebar.

  5. Jean-François says:

    I think it could be useful on some campus, in some National park, for some municipalities, etc.

  6. Ian says:

    Is there a rear tracks and front skis package for the other 6 months?

  7. wavelet says:

    I truly don’t get it.
    Real-world range is generally reported to be ~50mi. That makes it a potentially effective commuter/errands vehicle.
    However:
    — No heater, and no windows (there are plastic zip-up windows that cost ~US$450). This makes it useless as a car replacement in Canada, except just barely in BC.

    — Well you say, people commute on bicycles & motorcycles… Sure, but they don’t cost this much! A 2016 Zero S or DS will set you back several CDN$K less with about double the range… And it handles highway speeds just as well. With hard bags & top bag, it has about the same carrying capacity.
    — For short-range commuting up to 32km/h, e-bicycles (including cargo e-bicycles) work just as well if not better.

    The only market I see for this is in specialized locations like large zoos, national parks etc.

  8. Anon says:

    Twizzy does seem a little overpriced for its capabilities / size / class of vehicle…

  9. Rick Bronson says:

    Why not they launch it in USA. It can be used in golf courses, recreation parks, many remote villages with small roads.

    When they launch this vehicle, they should also launch other EV’s like Zoe & Kangoo.

    A make with just a single model will not sell well.

  10. Alain says:

    This is never going to sale more than ten à year

  11. Josée says:

    17,000$ for something that is a cross between a car and a bike, that has no windows, no heating, that is not fast enough to be used on the streets and to big to be used on bike paths?

    Who is it for ?

  12. Enerc77 says:

    It has very fast acceleration, very easy to park and nice for smokers. It’s also a seduction car for those who believe expensive sedan is old school….