The 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show was the debut venue for Renault’s tandem two seat Twizy ZE, which is a fully electric zero emission city runabout.
The appearance of the Twizy ZE has been described as rather cartoonish and some have concluded that it’s an updated version of Hanna-Barbera’s Flintstone car. However, Renault just might get the last laugh as this EV is probably the perfect little city runabout for quite a number of people.
The Twizy has the performance of a small 125cc motorcycle, with a speed of 47 mph and a range of 62 miles. The nimble vehicle is 4 feet wide and 7 1/2 feet in length and even though it doesn’t have doors it does feature a driver airbag as well as two lateral airbags and is scheduled for production early 2012 essentially without much modification.
Twizy ZE Concept’s 15kW (20hp) electric motor is powered by lithium-ion batteries that are located under the two seats and the electric car can fully recharge in just three and a half hours after being plugged into a 220V 10A or 16A domestic socket, via the built-in EV battery charger.
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