What a great Little car
Only just read about this little car yesterday, wow! what a fantastic little unit this is, the price and style are killer IMHO, it beats the pants off the Gwhiz even without the doors, there are 2 versions, the lower power one kids can drive without a licence, although the car is speed limited to 28mph, they will still need insurance which will be the killer for most kids, at first here in the UK Renault said that they were not going to import the slower version because currently our laws (UK) don't allow 16 years olds to drive them however they are looking at changing this from next year, that brings a whole new sport to ebikers!! racing Twizys! ha ha.
I really like this little car, in time I am sure that the battery lease thing will be dropped as 3rd party suppliers start making packs for them, whilst I couldn't justify buying one having a wife and 2 kids I am sure that there are city folks that never liked the idea of a moped, hated the charges associated with cars (particularly the high cost of fuel and congestion charges here in London) that are going to jump at the chance.
I am a little concerned with the security side of the car though, without doors it's an open invitation for folks to get in the car and mess about, there isn't much they can fiddle with but folks will for sure, the charging time at only 3 hours is very respectable and as more charging bays start coming on line I can see them really taking off.
Hats off to Renault, it is a bold step indeed! this is one of those cars I still cant quite believe that they have made? as very often cool looking prototypes never go in to production. in a few years time you could pick one of these up for 3K or so, that's pretty amazing for an electric car.
Here in the UK our government has an incentive scheme whereby they will give you 5K off the price of an electric car, they don't class this as an electric car though? they class it as a quad? I don't understand the distinction here. it has 4 wheels? a steering wheel? you sit in it and it has peddles for the throttle and brake? at what point is this not a car? if it was classed as a car it would drop the price down to 2K new! you can be damn sure the insurance companies will treat it as a car when a 16 year old comes to insure one!
I am looking forward to seeing many of these things on the road in the UK.