Renault Twizy To Be Sold In Canada From $17,000

JUN 10 2015 BY JAY COLE 10

With No Dealer Base In North America, Renault Has Selevtred The AZRA Network To Distribute The Twizy In Qubec Canada

With No Dealer Base In North America, Renault Has Selevtred The AZRA Network To Distribute The Twizy In Qubec Canada (via AVEQ)

Hints at the upcoming arrival of the Renault Twizy for North America first started happening at the 34th International Auto Show in Quebec, where a special edition Twizy made an appearance; and where Renault said it was on the hunt for dealers and to gauge interest in selling the quadricycle in Canada.

Renault Twizy Headed To Quebec (via AVEQ)

Renault Twizy Headed To Quebec (via AVEQ)

AVEQ reports (via our friends at Hybrid Cars) that Renault announced at “electromobile Ile-des-Soeurs” that the Twizy will be coming to Canada (specifically in Quebec) through the Azra Network – known for their 600-odd charging points in the province.

For now, just the lower trim level Twizy 45 will be on sale (top speed of 40 km/h/25 mph) as the higher Twizy 80 (80 km/h/50 mph) has yet to be approved.

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.

Pricing has yet to be formally announced, but a new North American Twizy won’t come cheap, as the MSRP will start around $17,000 ($13,800 USD).

The company says that the all-electric Kangoo ZE van is also being vetted for approval in Canada, but the Renault Zoe will not be making an appearance given the EV’s low side-impact safety ratings.

AVEQ (via HybridCars, hat tip to offib!)

 

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10 Comments on "Renault Twizy To Be Sold In Canada From $17,000"

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Just_Chris

IMO, Great idea, wrong price

Anon

Yeah, a little too pricy for a 40 mile range, 25 mph NEV.

Just_Chris

It’s a shame that they won’t bring in the 80, I really think that the Twizy 80 is a good option (provided they can get the price down) for the urban commuter. Replacing giant ICE SUV’s with giant PHEV SUV’s in a city of any reasonable density is really just lavishly applying a thick layer of lipstick to the ugliest pig you could imagine.

Ironically I think Canada (and other colder parts of North America) is one of the few places where you could justify a PHEV 4×4 for a daily commute from a reasonably rural location to the city as I could imagine even a 10 mile commute in a a Twizy in a snow storm being…….. an unattractive proposition.

I think if the price is right the Twizy 80 could be a nice across town run about for 6-9 months of the year in most parts of the world and a definite winner in places where the weather isn’t to crazy….. like Melbourne Australia, where they are illegal 🙁

Mark Hovis

+1 Chris

Mike777

It will need WINDOWS in Canada.

offib

It’s such a shame that the Twizy 45 costs that much! It must be without the battery rent, is it? And this really got me going here, “the Renault Zoe will not be making an appearance given the EV’s low side-impact safety ratings”.

Just_Chris

I haven’t heard anything about the Zoe not having good side impact. It did well in the NCAP safety testing in the EU:

http://www.euroncap.com/en/results/renault/zoe/8889

offib

Perhaps the “weak” score on the chest area in the Side-Pole test maybe to blame.

Al S

AZRA currently has four DCQC and a dozen or so public L2 stations in QC, so the 600 station figure is wrong.

Lensman

$17,000 as the base price for a low-speed NEV that doesn’t even have an enclosed cabin… and even if we can get the version with the optional full doors and windows, the cabin is still not watertight.

No thanks. In the unlikely event I was willing to pay that much for a vehicle restricted to low speed limit roads, I’d at least want a watertight cabin and air conditioning. As it is, a 3-wheel electric scooter would be just as useful as the Twizy, and far cheaper.