Z.E. (Zero Emission)
The Renault Twizy Z.E. is a peculiar little electric vehicle
with a tandem seating layout. The Twizy Z.E. was introduced
at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show alongside three other
electric powered concept cars from Renault.
The Twizy Z.E. Concept was created for busy city dwellers
who need to pick their way through congested urban traffic.
The compact dimensions of the vehicle at 7.5 feet long
and 3.7 feet wide (2.30m long / 1.13m wide), ensure that
it is nimble enough for urban use.
With a turning circle of just 9.8 feet (three metres)
and a footprint barely larger than that of a Scooter,
the Twizy Z.E. Concept is easy to park in town. The narrow
dimensions and agile handling ensures that it rarely gets
stuck in traffic, while the four wheels and low centre
of gravity provide excellent stability.
Inside, the designers have tried to make the Twizy Z.E.
as easy to drive as possible. The instruments are laid
out in an easy to read format, with displays located at
eye level at the base of the windscreen, and grouped in
honeycomb-shape clusters which are easy to differentiate.
Access to the rear seat is aided due to the fact the seatback
is attached to the roof of the vehicle, allowing the lower
part of the seat to pivot.
Driving the Renault Twizy Z.E. is a 20 horsepower (15kW)
electric motor. The lithium-ion batteries which power
the electric motor are mounted beneath the seats to lower
the centre of gravity. The batteries are charged via an
extendible cable located behind the Renault logo at the
front of the car. A full charge takes just over three
Range: 60 miles (100 km)
Top speed: 47 mph (75 km/h)
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