Smallest of Renault electric concepts unveiled
15 September 2009

This is the two-seat Renault Twizy, an urban runabout in the mould of the Smart EV. It features a 20bhp motor said to deliver performance equivalent to that of a 125cc scooter.

It is slated for a 2012 launch and joins four Renault electric concepts that are on show at Frankfurt and will preview the manufacturer’s range.

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Renault Zoe electric concept

The 1+1 configuration keeps the Twizy ZE slender, although it has a four-wheel chassis. The wraparound bodywork “creates a safe, reassuring cocoon which offers first-class protection for both the driver and the passenger”, says Renault.

The Twizy is designed exclusively to tackle the problem of urban mobility and will be the third concept to hit showrooms when it goes on sale late 2011.

The three-metre turning circle makes it one of the most manoeuvrable vehicles on the road, and Renault says the four wheels and low centre of gravity provide stability and excellent handling.

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15 September 2009

The "all my tyres have been let down" look is some ... interesting design language.

15 September 2009

at least it is small..

i think a lot of design progress could be made from actually making a low centre of gravity and not claiming it falsely. there is no way that car has a low centre (once there are people inside it), a low centre would be when the drivers eye line is looking out just above the top of front tyres. i wish i was a car designer, but i cant be bothered, i have some ideas that i want to see. to much compromise is given to passengers, a passenger doesnt need to face forwards or have a view out of the car, a passenger could actually aid ballast balance of a car by being laid flat and right on the floor pan of the car, just give them a foam surround so its comfortable. some kind of sliding tray could get them in and out. give them a lcd tv screen to watch in the ceiling or side pannel and they would be ok, it could actually be a live video feed of the view outside the car like a virtual window. or for less fuss small port holes down the side of the sills for them to look out of. a new horizontal restraint would need designing.

anyway i want to see more variation out there. but the downsizing is going the right way.

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