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PHOTO CAPTION: Spanish Prime Minister checks out Renault Twizy.

Twizy Just Might Be Odd Enough to Succeed

Out-of-the-norm two-seat electric runabout from France is not only practical for urban commuting but also affordable without taxpayer subsidies.

Published: 27-Mar-2012

It might have a silly name and look ridiculous, but the Renault Twizy could be the first electric vehicle to sell on its merits and without taxpayer inducements.

Sales of battery-only electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf barely register on either side of the Atlantic as car buyers blanche at the prices — around twice as much as a similar-sized regular powered car — and the iffy and unimpressive range. Manufacturers trying to build electric cars pretending to be normal cars which just happen to have batteries are going nowhere, at least until the technology halves the price and doubles the range.

If manufacturers had been a little less ambitious and tried to create a unique, affordable little electric utility vehicle which could get you down to the shops or take the kids to school, but not much more — a better golf cart, in other words — might buyers embrace that with some enthusiasm?

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