The Renault Twizy is an electric battery-powered vehicle that was designed and marketed by Renault and manufactured in Valladolid, Spain. This vehicle is officially classified as a heavy quadricycle in Europe and a light quadricycle for the Urban 45 model. This vehicle was first introduced to the public at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and was designed by Francoise Leboinne as well as Luciano Bove. Nissan officially announced a rebadged version of the Twizy in 2010 and it was named the New Mobility Concept or NMC. Renault announced its intention to produce the vehicle in May of 2011.
The Twizy was released onto the French market in 2012 and later in the UK as well as several different countries through Europe. This vehicle is available in three different models, including the Twizy Urban, Twizy Urban 45, and the Twizy Urban 80. The Urban 45 model begins with a light quadricycle which is priced at €6,990 in Europe and has a motor power of 4 kW or 5 horsepower and a top speed of 45 km/h or 28 mph. The Urban 45 can be driven in a majority of European countries, provided they are at least 14 years old with a special driving license; this applies to countries that include Italy, Spain, and France.
The Twizy Urban 80 is a heavy quadricycle and features a 13 kW or 17 horsepower motor and has a top speed of 50 mph or 80 km/h. There is also the Twizy Colour and Technic. The colour model is available with the 45 and 80 trims with a stylish and very colourful design. The Technic model shares quite a few different technical features with the Urban and is available for the 45 and 80 trims.
The Twizy Cargo was announced in June of 2013 and was initially designed for hauling goods. This vehicle was designed with ample cargo space which was the main selling point when it was first marketed across the UK and other parts of Europe. The second passenger seat was replaced with a cargo box which has a total volume of 180 liters or 6.4 cubic feet and a maximum weight capacity of 165 lb. The Twizy Cargo 45 has a total of 4 kW of power and a top speed of 28 mph. The Twizy Cargo 80 has a top speed of 50 mph and was intended to be a more powerful version of the Cargo 45.
The battery in the Twizy is a 6.1 kWh lithium-ion battery which is located underneath the front seat. Both of the motor variants of this vehicle have the same weight of 1,045 lb or 474 kg. This battery can be charged with an extendable spiral cable which is stored under the flap at the front of the vehicle. The integrated charger for this vehicle is fully compatible with roadside battery charging facilities along with the standard 220 volt 10 A household electric supply.
Since March of 2012, sales of the Renault Twizy have gone up to 9,020 and 9,015 units have been sold in Europe. The Twizy is by far the best-selling plug-in electric vehicle to ever come to Europe in 2012. There have been a total of 1,551 units sold in France, representing a total market share of 28.5% with electric vehicles that have been sold in France for the first part of 2012. This vehicle has undergone minor changes since it was first produced and there have been a number of variants, but overall it is definitely one of the more popular electric plug-in vehicle in Europe, especially for the 2012 year.