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by Tim Beissmann

The Renault Twizy has landed in Australia – but don’t go running to you local dealership with your chequebook just yet.

As CarAdvice revealed in February, Renault has shipped just one of its pint-sized electric four-wheelers to our shores to build awareness and demonstrate the merits of the zero-emission two-seater in Australia.

The Renault Twizy is classified as a quadricycle in Europe, but as there is no similar category in Australia, it is required to conform to local passenger vehicle standards despite performing the job of an electric scooter, hence placing a significant roadblock in the way of its introduction.

Renault Australia managing director Justin Hocevar hopes the Twizy test car’s local presence could encourage change among decision makers and authorities.

“We don’t think that just because Twizy has a steering wheel instead of a handlebar it should be automatically disqualified from consideration as a legitimate form of personal transport in Australia,” Hocevar said.

“Twizy has been an incredible success in Europe, where it has been on sale for around two years. We are hoping that by exposing some opinion formers, lawmakers, and relevant road authorities to Twizy, we will gain a greater understanding of the concept and what it could deliver for Australia drivers.”

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Hocevar believes the Twizy would fit “very well into our increasingly congested cityscapes”.

“It is possible to fit three Twizys into a standard car park and in addition Twizy can be charged overnight from a standard household socket.

“For commuters travelling only short distances each day, Twizy could be the ideal solution, and arguably far safer than two-wheeled travel.

“To drive Twizy is to love Twizy, we say, and we hope that Australians who have the opportunity to try Twizy will agree.”

The Twizy joins the Kangoo Z.E. van in Renault Australia’s fledgling electric fleet – the latter being used by Australia Post as part of a 12-month trial of the technology.

The Renault Twizy measures 2.3 metres from nose from tail and has a maximum driving range of 100km on a full charge.

Renault Australia has no plans to offer the Twizy for sale to local customers at this stage, focusing instead on its mainstream models, such as the Clio city car.




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