Go get busy with the Twizy!

A third variant of Renault’s Twizy has been unveiled.

LOVE it or loathe it, it’s hard to ignore.
Renault’s two-seater electric car, the Twizy, will soon be making an appearance on the roads of Europe. And so, the French carmaker has announced not only its price but revealed that there will be a third trim level, Colour.
Along with a host of single- and two-seat electric rivals, the Twizy was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The big difference, however, is that the Twizy isn’t a pipedream, it is a production car.
It will make its UK arrival in March 2012 and will be priced at £6,690, with battery hire costing from £40 month.
The latest Colour variant sits between the already announced Urban and Technic models, and costs £6,950 on the road. This makes it £260 more than the Urban but £450 cheaper than the Technic.
Living up to its fun image, the Colour comes with white bodywork contrasted with either Urban Blue, Ivy Green or Flame Orange roof and side panels. For a more striking look, the Colour can be ordered in black with orange panels.
The colour scheme continues inside with the upholstery and glovebox and, if you are prepared to pay £350 extra, you can have matching diamond-effect alloy wheels. Colour- co-ordinated half-scissor doors are another option, coming in at £455. YOu can place a reservation for a Twizy at www.renault-ze.com.
Standard equipment includes 13in wheels, two gloveboxes (one lockable), three-metre charging cable, heated tinted windscreen, Z.E. onboard computer and dashboard with econometer and battery consumption display. Safety and security have been a big concern, as is evident from the three-point seatbelt in the front with additional lateral restraint, three-point seatbelt in the rear, front airbag and immobiliser and steering lock.
And it’s not just a radically different looking vehicle, its low weight (450kg), coupled with 57Nm of torque, means it can give more expensive motors, white van drivers and taxis food for thought as it nips around and about. The Twizy can reach 50mph and a full charge takes around three and a half hours. A charge gives a range of up to 60 miles on the urban cycle.
Battery hire starts at £40 per month, assuming ownership for three years and an annual miles of 4,500.