PHOTO CAPTION: Renault Twizy ZE said to be priced at $9,700.

Renault Twizy Priced Under $10,000

Battery will be leased at equivalent to UD$62 a month.

Published: 21-Mar-2011

No it's not a rapper or the next new dance craze. It's only supposedly the CHEAPEST electric vehicle on the market. Made public at the Paris Auto Show, this two-seater may not look all blinged out, but priced at only $9,700 - who cares!

That's about the price of many electric motorcycles coming to market, but a little less lethal thanks to four wheels and a golf kart-like body. The Renault Twizy is being designed for drivers to be able to travel about cities as economically and environmentally friendly as possible. With its tiny frame I don't think owners will have to worry about high electricity bills. Renault states that the vehicle will appeal to "busy, car-owning city dwellers looking for a second vehicle, as well as to younger drivers interested in a safe way to gain experience in traffic thanks to the availability of a version that will not require a driver's license (depending on country)." A version of a vehicle that does not require a license...sounds more like a scooter than a car.

You get what you pay for, and in this case, you're just not getting a whole lot. The Twizy measures to be a little over 7.5 feet in length by four foot wide and is just less than five feet tall. It weighs 922 pounds and has a 5 horsepower motor and a 7 kilowatt-hour battery that owners lease on a monthly plan for around $62 dollars, which is why the car is priced so low. This size Twizy is designed for those without a license, but a larger Twizy with a 20 horsepower motor is available for those licensed drivers who want more power and wish to travel quicker, and it should have a range somewhere around 60 miles at city speeds.


Renault's line-up of electric cars.

Korean company already supplying cells to eight other carmakers.

Electric car charging stations will be installed at E. Lecleric stores in France.

Some 500 stations will be installed by 2015.

Renault ZOE concept could be available by 2012.

Car would have fully-charged range of 100 km.


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