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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.

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