A new version of the Renault Twizy, called the Cargo, has been launched.
Although the latest Twizy has retained the same eye-catching looks as its predecessors, what makes it unique is its relatively large boot capacity, as the rear tandem seat has been replaced with a load area which can be accessed from outside with a lockable door.
The new boot has a capacity of 180 litres, which can take a maximum of load of 75kg. A range of 50 miles between charges makes the car ideal for callout or small-scale businesses, says Renault. Charging takes three and a half hours to full from a standard three-pin plug.
A key aspect of the latest concept is its reclaimable VAT, due to it being a car-derived van. At a cost of £6241 excluding VAT, it is £650 cheaper than a standard Twizy. The VAT on battery hire can also be reclaimed, which means that battery hire costs from £36 per month.
The Twizy Cargo will also be exempt from the London congestion charge, so overall the perks of the Twizy could save companies hundreds of pounds per year.
With only 17 horsepower at its disposal, however, cities such as London are likely to remain the home for these cars — especially with its top speed of 56mph.