The All-Electric Renault Twizy Compact City Car: The Complete Guide

Renault Twizy electric car
Price: £11,995
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Quadricycle
Battery size: 6.1 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 31 - 56 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g


Groupe Renault (Renault Group), is a leading player in the global automotive sector. Renault is now part of the global Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. The partnership makes these companies the 3rd largest automotive group in the world after Volkswagen and Toyota. Renault is headquartered in France.

Renault has been an early mover in the zero-emission electric driving sector and has established a leading position. The automotive manufacturer offers a number of well known battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), to include:

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The All-Electric Renault Twizy

The all-electric Renault Twizy is a compact two-seater for the urban environment. The electric vehicle (EV) is perfect as a second car for running errands and other shorter commutes within a city. The pure electric car has a decent range for shorter commutes (up to 56 miles WLTP on a full charge). The car is cheap to run and depending on electricity prices, can cost as little as 2 pence per mile. The car can be charged within 3.5 hours using any domestic plug i.e. no need for a dedicated electric car charging station.

Of course, given the compact size of the car, it is easy to park in densely populated cities like London! Doors are optional for this city car, and cost an addition £545. We recommend adding the doors, given the weather in the UK. The quadricycle battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is currently manufactured in South Korea, but was originally produced in Spain. The green car concept made its debut in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Renault started selling the compact zero-emission EV in 2012. Despite some of its limitations, the EV has sold well, in particular in Asia. The electric car is also very popular with car sharing schemes.

Perfect for city driving (easy to drive and park)Very limited range
One of the cheapest electric cars availableVery small boot space (31 litres)
Cheap to runSecurity and safety issues in regards to doors, which are optional

The All-Electric Renault Twizy (credit: Renault)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Quadricycle
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
Expression (from £11,995)
Dynamique (from £12,695)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 6.1 kWh
Charging:3.5 hours using 3-PIN domestic socket
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:3 years/ 60,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh£2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1454
Width (mm):1234
Length (mm):2338
Wheelbase (mm):1686

Twizy Electric
EV Battery Capacity:6.1 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):31 – 56 miles
Charging:3.5 hours using 3-PIN domestic socket
Top Speed:50 mph
0-60 mph:N/A
Drive:Rear-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (HP):17
Torque (Nm):57
Doors:2 (optional)
Kerb Weight (kg)474

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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