What is it?
This is the real eye-catcher of the Renault electric range, a four-wheeled tandem two-seater barely wider than a scooter and intended to tame Europe’s most traffic-stuffed capitals.
The idea is that you’ll be able to keep moving - and find a parking spot - in (on?) your tiny Twizy, even when more conventional traffic has long since become gridlocked.
What's it like?
Think of the old BMW C1 scooter, lengthen it a bit, widen it by 20cm so there’s room for four small wheels (all independently sprung), then kit it with a 20bhp electric motor (under the passenger’s backside), fed by a lithium ion battery (under your own). Make it look much more handsome and modern; then you’ve just about got it.
There are lots of great details. There are honeycomb matrix displays front and rear that allow you to display the “mood” of the car. The very basic instrumentaion is like nothing you’ve seen before: imagine a yellow plastic flower straight ahead of you, whose petals gradually close as your power runs out.
It’s not fast, the Twizy. Renault has deliberately built it with the performance of a normal 125cc scooter, which means decent acceleration off the mark, but a top speed just under 50mph.