How much will a Renault Twizy cost?

13 May 2011

Renault Twizy Technic from the side

Renault has finally announced UK prices for its innovative Twizy electric runabout thing, due to go on sale in April 2012. Two trim levels will be available initially – called Urban and Technic – and both are powered by the same 17bhp motor and 7kWh battery pack. Other trim levels – no doubt including a fully optioned luxury spec – are in the works.

The basic Urban Twizy will cost from £6,690 on the road, and the slightly more swish Technic will start from £7,400. [Update: a colourful “Colour” variation on the Urban model is also now available, costing from £6,950.] Buyers will also need to budget for another £45 to £67 per month to rent the battery from Renault – much like a mobile phone, costs vary according to your usage plan.

Renault Twizy Urban from the side

As well as pondering conventional options like metallic paint or a sunshine roof, buyers will also need to assess the merits of adding doors. By default, all versions of the Twizy come without any. An outlay of £545 will keep out some of the weather – and “some” is the operative word. The doors will seem weatherproof only if you currently live in a badly erected tent with a broken zip.

You do at least get paint – flat by default for the Urban, metallic for the Technic. And wheels – steel for the Urban and alloy for the Techic. Both versions boast waterproof upholstery, somewhere to plug in your iPod, and various lockable cubbies. Apparently the bowl-shaped rear seat base can be removed and flipped over, switching from convex to concave, and locked back in place, thus increasing rear storage from 31 to 55 litres.

Quoted range is 62 miles, top speed is 50mph (which should feel quite quick with no doors) and a full recharge will require 3.5 hours’ suckling from a domestic three-pin plug.

Bottom line? Twizy isn’t cheap, whether compared to a conventional city car, plush moped, commuter motorbike, Boris bike, buss pass or Tube ticket. But it is what it is, and it’s vaguely affordable if not entirely cost-justifiable.

Info still to come? How much will it cost to insure? And, crucially, will Transport for London let it use bus lanes, since it’s kind of closer to a motorbike than a car. Sort of.

Whether you think of it as glorified bike or brutally basic car, there’s no arguing that Twizy will need to create its own niche. It remains to be seen if its arrival will make an incredible, influential, iPad-style splash. Or a small, awkward, Segway-style plop.

8 comments:

Glen said...

A vehicle in the Uk without doors? Not sure that is tempting me. But I like the Twizy, it's affordable and it does exactly what it says on the tin. It doesn't try to be anything other than an eco-firendly urban runabout. Get some doors on to keep out all (not just some) of the weather and I think I would seriously consider the Twizy.

Anonymous said...

Yes the twizzy is a great little vehicle,but to work in the uk it will need full doors and a heater,then it will sell like hot cakes .

Anonymous said...

I LIKE TWIZY ZE BUT IAM NOT IN A POSITION TO BUY IT. EVERY DAY I USED TO TAKE MY DAUGHTER TO HER SCHOOL ON MY ELECTERIC 2 WHEELER WHICH COST RS 32,000/- THAT TOO I BOUGHT IT ON INSTALMENT BASIS. BUYING TWIZY ZE IS A DREAM TOME

Anonymous said...

If it came with doors and battery as standard for £5k I'd have one. Imagine trying to sell one of these second hand with no battery or a debt for life of £40 month. I'll get one in a few years for a few hundred pounds with chinese battery I suspect.

Mike said...

Once I can work out how to rig up a waterproof curtain for the sides (like a tent, with zips - you see these things on fork lift trucks), I'd definately be up for it.

Anonymous said...

I am in a position to buy one after a recent test drive. The cost is reasonable, except for the fact you have to pay extra for the doors. If the technic came with doors, i would be buying one as my new toy to replace my motorbike. But to add doors at £545, it isnt going to happen. Are you looking Renault?

Anonymous said...

A car without doors and a battery is a glorified Kettler Trike (for adults) haha. I cannot seriously see anyone buying this when you have to pay to rent a battery for forever and a day. Come on Renault, do you think the UK public are that stupid!! You'll never own one if you've got to fork out £45 plus every month. It will cost another £1620 (and no doubt plus VAT) to use this vehicle for 3 years (and that's not including the electricity either). It's a very expensive toy.

Anonymous said...

ok for nipping round the isle in sainsbury's

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