Holden Renault this week took delivery of its new Twizy two-seater compact demo and display vehicles – arguably the most unique production vehicle on the road today.

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The Twizys are now available for test drives at dealers with larger suburban and urban populations, in keeping with the car’s likely target customers and driving usage.

With an on-the-road price from just £6,690, Renault’s baby electric vehicle is the third of the French manufacturer’s ground-breaking electric vehicle range to hit the UK market and undoubtedly the most striking.

The futuristic Twizy is 2.34m long by 1.24m wide and designed for a driver and passenger to sit in tandem. The stylish, zero emission in road use, two-seater is charged using a standard three-pin plug. Full charge takes three and a half hours, costing about £1 – depending on supplier and tariff – giving a range of about 60 miles, making electric motoring practical, economic and environmentally friendly.

Twizy is powered by a 13kW (17hp) motor with a limited top speed of about 50 mph. The bodywork is extremely visible in traffic to other road-users and both occupants are protected by a deformable structure, while the outboard position of the four wheels and the lateral beams located either side of the chassis provide protection on either side.

The lower-powered 5hp Twizy, limited to 28mph, was not originally planned for the UK but recent confirmation that a new category of European licence – AM – for 16-year-olds and over, coming into effect in the UK from January 19 next year, means Renault UK is now studying its sales potential.

Safety systems include a driver’s airbag, a three-point seatbelt with additional strap for the driver and a three-point safety belt at the rear. As Twizy’s occupants are protected and held in place they do not need to wear protective gear or a helmet.

Unsurprisingly, given its unique looks, there are several more uncommon options and accessories than on your average four-wheeled vehicle. Among them are scissor doors at £545, driver and passenger blanket at £110 and a 50-litre leisure bag at £95 which sits on the rear seat and clips into the chassis so objects stay in place.

Rounding off the more traditional enhancements are metallic paint for £195, a child booster seat at £55 and alloy wheels for £340.

Thanks to its four-wheeled chassis and extremely low centre of gravity, Renault’s unique Twizy delivers a grin-inducing driving experience, while disc brakes all-round ensure precise, efficient stopping power.

Twizy is available from £6,690 on-the-road for the Urban model – there are also Colour and Technic models. Monthly battery lease costs £45 including VAT for a three-year/4,500 miles per year agreement.

For more information visit Holden Renault in Heigham Street, Norwich, or telephone 01603 628911.

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