The Twizy is tiny and car fit into the tiniest of roads, and with the electric powertrain is almost cost-free to maintain, innovative solution for E-Commerce delivery in urban areas.
The 2020 edition of the Auto Expo held in Greater Noida had the global automakers show off their new and upcoming releases, Renault the French auto giant showcased something quite unique at their pavilion. The Twizy, as non-car like the name sounds is actually by definition not a car but rather a smart urban mobility solution which is absolutely a treat to look at. The car can only seat two, and with a length of 2338mm it’s much smaller than the Tata Nano.
The Twizy is an electric car and is powered by a tiny battery which holds 6.1kW of charge, which is miniscule compared to today’s EVs but due to its compact size and weight the battery gives it a range of a hundred kilometers, which is usable in any metropolitan. The electric motors in the Twizy make a miniscule- 17 horsepower but as it is an electric car the power delivery is constant and strong.
The microcar is quite a successful vehicle in Europe and some Asian markets, with sales of more than 29000 units since its introduction in 2011. The secret behind its success lies in the fact that European cities, the smaller ones in particular, are complex to navigate due to the presence of medieval era roads which are narrow and cobblestoned, meant for horses mainly. Modern cars have quite a challenge maneuvering through these, but the Twizy which is comparable to an auto rickshaw in size and with the help of its outboard wheels which allow it to have reduced turning radius is a perfect car to navigate through these places. Add to that the price of ten thousand Euros and it is almost a perfect car if needs and expectations are limited.
In India, the concept of a microcar does not exist, the Bold attempt by Tata Motors spearheaded by Ratan Tata did not exactly end well. But the Nano is a very small car which attempted to provide specs and features much beyond its size, quite literally. The Renault is electric which means that the cost of maintaining it is miniscule, and the full charge time of 3.5 hrs from any wall socket is a delight. With the EVs finally making a mark in India the Twizy can realistically be an option for people to go for, a microcar to use instead of their conventional vehicle if the need is to travel locally and into crowded areas.
In Europe the car is one of the cheapest money can buy, and if priced below the existing lineup of the smallest hatchbacks the car can be a game changer for urban mobility In India. When displayed at the Auto Expo, Renault operations boss Venkatram Mamillapalle expressed that the Twizy for India is meant for the E-Commerce giants like Amazon and Flipkart, to use in the metro cities. In the single seat configuration the car has ample cargo space, much more than the delivery boys with their massive bags can carry, and that it is much safer and faster mode of transport while being completely emission free.
Renault might actually go ahead with the Idea of Twizy or a similar vehicle for the Indian market when the country is more conducive for the microcar for consumer and business use. It may be a reality as the Metropolitans might in a few years limit the number of cars that ply on the road due to pollution and traffic concerns, and there the Twizy will have it’s moment to shine.
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