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Renault Twizy Z.E. (Zero Emission)

Renault Twizy Z.E. (Zero Emission)

Renault Twizy Z.E. (Zero Emission)

Renault Twizy Z.E. (Zero Emission)

Renault Twizy Z.E. (Zero Emission) interior
Make Renault
Model Twizy Z.E. (Zero Emission)
Concept year 2009
Production year -
Engine electric

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 hours.

Range: 60 miles (100 km)
Top speed: 47 mph (75 km/h)


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