Lebowski wrote:I really like this thing and sincerely hope they'll be a big success. It reminds me of my youth
when there were lots of 2CV's and Beetles around. IMHO the Twizy has a cuteness factor which
puts it in the same league.
Lebowski wrote:Would I spend 7000 euro on it ? No. The Twizy is open (no doors / side windows) and has
no heating / ventilation system making it unsuitable for bad/cold weather driving.
Lebowski wrote:I think the battery leasing scheme is smart. It reduces the vehicle purchase price but
much much better, it allows for a battery swapping scheme. If you look at the Renault
website, they're gearing up for battery swapping stations. You drive up in your Renault
electric car, a robot will open the battery compartment and swap your empty battery
for a full one in less than 3 minutes without you needing to get out of the vehicle.
amberwolf wrote:In the USA, I think most people would look at it and see "Golf Cart", and dismiss it out of hand, without bothering to listen or look any further.
If they actually release it here, it'd need a heck of a marketing campaign to get going against that visual perception, and it would also have to have closeable lockable doors for most people. Lots of places, it would also have to have a heating system, and air conditioning, or it simply wouldn't get used.
There is a lot to fight against in the mindsets of people here, so I don't expect they'd even try sell it in the USA, not until marketing has changed what people expect from a car.
rojitor wrote:It's been for sale in my country one year ago, i have never seen it though. It is perfect for a big city commute but not for long trips, i guess they sold just a few here, i hope it can success in your country.
rojitor wrote:I have just read the data... It's quite shocking, 197 electric cars sold in 2011. No wonder electric fails here, unless you can make your whole commute on a single charge you cannot use an ev. In my area there's only one place to charge an ev and has ridiculous prices: free power yet you pay for parking 2€ per hour so let's say 5 hous per charge it's 10€ to refuel it... Even more expensive than gas. Our government is claiming full support for ev's yet they are doing nothing, or worse than nothing because our ebike laws are made to make electric bikes not so desirable and made me an outlaw rider.
Lebowski wrote:They 80kmh Twizy is rated for 20 kW but, as we know, 2 or 3 times that much should be possible
(from the motor point of view) for short periods.
I'm starting to wonder, it would be a very cool project to get one and rip out all the electronics
untill you're left with only the 3 motor terminals. Then put in a high voltage battery
and try to build a 40 to 60 kW controller. 60 kW on a 450 kg (1000 pound) vehicle should
make for cool accelleration and burn-outs
SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., March 26, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sevcon, Inc. (Nasdaq:SEV) today announced its selection by Renault to supply Gen4 controls for Renault's newly introduced Twizy two-seater, electric city car. Currently on sale and shipping to customers in Europe, the Twizy combines the comfort and safety amenities of an automobile — four wheels, disc brakes, seat belts and front airbag — with nimble urban handling and parking and a range of 100km (60 miles) on a single 3.5 hour battery charge.
Renault is offering the Twizy in two versions, with top speeds of 28 and 50 miles per hour powered by Sevcon Gen4 Size 2 and Size 4 motor controllers, respectively. These microprocessor-based devices regulate power delivery from the Twizy's lithium-ion battery to the motor, controlling acceleration, speed and regenerative braking while optimizing energy consumption.
"Renault's selection of our Gen4 controllers for the Twizy is a significant milestone for Sevcon as we continue to execute on our strategy to supplement sales to our customers in the industrial vehicle segment by capitalizing on opportunities in the on-road electric vehicle sector," said Sevcon President and CEO Matt Boyle. "We are proud to add Renault to our portfolio of global automotive OEM relationships and pleased with the progress we have made this month in ramping Gen4 controller production and shipments to support the Twizy launch."
Matthijs wrote:If I would buy one should it be possible to get it up to 62 mph instead of 50 mph just for the freeway and passing trucks?
Lebowski wrote:It sould be a fun project to get a Twizy, rip out the Sevcon and design something better myself
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