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13th May, 2011

Renault has two versions of Twizy on display at the Barcelona Motor Show (Spain), both powered by a 17 hp motor: Urban and Technic. Renault looks set to send 'shockwaves' through the industry, as well as the corridors of rival city car and scooter manufacturers.

Twizy makes city motoring easier and safe:

  • Twizy gets around town faster than a traditional city car thanks to its unprecedented ultra-compact dimensions which also allows easy parking
  • It offers two occupants – sitting in tandem, one behind the other – greater safety compared with a two-wheeled vehicle, thanks to an extensive list of active and passive safety features

Twizy makes getting round town more enjoyable

  • It is more agile than a car, whilst its acceleration performance is comparable with that of a scooter
  • Twizy’s electric motor accelerates smoothly and silently, while torque is immediately available
  • Its wraparound body work and side deflectors ensure enjoyable open-air motoring, protected from the elements

The no-fuss, practical all-electric vehicle

Twizy’s battery fully charges in just three and a half hours using a domestic electrical supply via a spiral cable stowed behind a flap at the front. Twizy’s low weight (450 kg, including the 100 kg battery) directly helps its operational range of approximately 100 kms (NEDC standard cycle). In everyday use, this figure can vary depending on terrain, weather and driving conditions.

Accessories for the Twizy lifestyle

  • An all-purpose bag with a capacity of 50 litres
  • Additional protection against the weather
  • A Parrot audio kit including Bluetooth connectivity, plus a USB connector, a jack socket and an Apple connector
  • Rear parking sensors
  • A range of customisation accessories (coloured alloy wheels, decals) enabling owners to personalise their Twizy (copyright image)
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Technical data

Length 2,337 mm
Width, not including door mirrors 1,191 mm
Height 1,461 mm
Wheelbase 1,684 mm
Front/rear track 1,050 mm/1,036 mm
Front/rear overhang 292 mm/345 mm
Kerb weight 450 kg, including battery (100 kg)
Tyres 125x80 R13 (front) / 145x80 R13 (rear)
Type Electric
Transmission Direct, with reducer and forward/reverse inverter
Maximum peak power (EEC) 13 kW (17 hp)
Maximum torque (EEC) 57 Nm
Type Lithium-ion
Standard cycle range 100 kilometres (62 miles) approximately
Top speed 50 mph

Twizy Urban - standard equipment

  • Red or grey paintwork
  • ‘Urban’ TEP water resistant upholstery
  • Coded electronic immobiliser
  • Lockable handbrake and steering column
  • Driver’s airbag
  • 4-point front seat-belt
  • 3-point rear seat-belt
  • Anti-submarining front seat
  • Child seat compatible rear seat (under 15 kg)
  • Regenerative braking system with 4 disc brakes
  • Audio pre-wiring
  • Cable and integrated charger for a 3.5 hours full charge (using a domestic electrical supply or all types of public charging spot)
  • Econometer, range and ‘Eco driving’ gauge
  • Two gloveboxes (one lockable)
  • 31-litre lockable storage under rear seat
  • 55-litre lockable rear storage achieved by turning rear seat over


  • Metallic paint - black or white
  • Scissors doors with translucent lower half
  • Transparent roof

Twizy Technic adds:

  • ‘Carbon fibre’ graphics
  • ‘Diamond black’ alloy wheels
  • Metallic paint - black or white
  • ‘Technic’ TEP water resistant upholstery with driver’s seat in white


  • Scissors doors with translucent lower half
  • Transparent roof


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