Production Renault Twizy electric car still as mad as ever

30 September 2010

Renault Twizy ZE production version

This is the production version of Renault’s radical Twizy ZE electric city car, on show today at the Paris Motor Show.

The car – actually a quadricycle – has changed somewhat since the earlier prototypes, but not as much as you might have expected. It’s still tiny, it’s still a tandem two-seater, and it still looks like nothing else on the road. It also still boasts Lamborghini-style lift-up scissor doors, although it doesn’t boast any windows. Just like the concept car, the production Twizy will be permanently open to the elements.

The lower half of the door has at least gained a polycarbonate panel to keep puddles out of the car and your socks dry.

Renault Twizy production interior

We grabbed a quick word with Renault EV chief Thierry Koskas at the show, who confirmed that no more changes are due before the car rolls into showrooms next year. He also noted that the interior is designed to withstand the elements – up to and including pressure washing – although future owners may be advised to carry a towel to dry the seat.

No word yet on exact prices – to date Renault has said it aims to compete with high-end scooters like Piaggio’s MP3.

10 comments:

Steve said...

I can't help but think they designed this around a tractor! It's nice inside, but It's massively ugly on the outside!

Typical Renault ;)

Jon said...

Someday someone will make an eco car that actually looks good! Someday...

Optional Mini Bus Charter said...

The idea of a car as opposed to a scooter is to protect the driver and passengers from the elements. Thus, I don't consider this a car.

clark said...

i dont like the design.
it's more like a toy not a car *peace* :)

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Marcus said...

I love these concepts, but without windows it makes it totally impractical for city commuters, who wants to don waterproofs to get in a car to get to work?? Not to mention winter cold weather ... #renaultfail

Marcel Frog said...

scooter fashion seater in a good looking aerodynamical shelter plugged on a quad frame with an electrical propultion : a brand new exiting kind of vehicle.

Chris said...

It is as simple as I will buy this if a panel can be fitted to keep the weather out. I only hope Renault is listening because I like it.

tony said...

With central seating why have two doors on coul be locked off permanently and a window fitted.

Anonymous said...

They have sacrificed the windows just to have that snazzy signature wing door? Not sure if it was worth the trade0ff, no matter what the marketing department told them.

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