New episode of Fully Charged featuring the intriguing Renault Twizy.
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- Where do my kids sit? lol
I'm still waiting for someone to produce a reasonably priced, electric 7 seater. :(Apr 19, 2012
- Have you read about the removal of the Benefit in Kind tax benefit for EV cars mooted from 2015? http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/281911/evs_doomed_by_tax_move.html?CMP=NLC-Newsletters&uid=a7287ed4e6d2fa98d5ad272bb36dc2c0
In Australia there's little benefit save for low stamp duty when purchasing a low emissions vehicle like the Prius or an EV, worth $1000 or so in ACT or Queensland. No cheap parking, tolls or transit lane free passes.Apr 19, 2012
- This looks interesting http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/20/ibm-battery-500/Apr 20, 2012
- John E+1The Twizy looks utterly, utterly shit. It even has a shit name. It could only really be french.
This is a shit-looking tiny car for people that don't want the "convenience" of having a window to stop the rain getting on your face when it rains, or being able to take anything larger than an iPad in the car. Even the ill-fated G-Wizz that came out 8 years ago is more useful than this pile of scrap.
I'd rather walk.Apr 20, 2012
- I'm not to sure about Renault's pricing and battery rental model. On the Twizy battery rental costs approximately £40 per month, on larger vehicles like the ZOE it is more like £65. In both cases this you are essentially trading a high initial purchase cost for a lower initial cost and an ongoing cost.
One advantage of battery rental is that if there is any battery fault then it is their problem, not yours - that is unless they decide to discontinue the battery rental program, then it is very much your problem!
As I calculate it (with napkin maths), it works out as roughly equivalent in terms of overall cost if you keep the vehicle for 10 years, except that with the battery rental model, you don't own the battery. That fact may make it difficult when selling on a Renault EV as this could put off potential buyers.
As for the Twizy, it looks ugly, impractical, but fun. Though the lack of weatherproofing means that the likelihood of seeing one on Welsh roads is practically 0%.Apr 21, 2012
- Opin-Eon+1Saw one up close at a show. I was genuinely looking for a commuting option. It had flappy doors on it that didn't even seal properly. really flimsy build, no good for British roads at all. Small step up from a golf cart...Mar 2, 2014