Just waiting for my white ex-demo Technic to be delivered after finally making the jump. I met a local owner who started the interest of it in me and took a test drive in Hereford but I lost interest when the 2012 Renault price list had a section stating the Twizy had a range of 31 miles in extreme use, but they could not qualify if this low range included a passenger, headlights, gradients and-importantly-the effect winter will have on the battery.
Cue a lot of internet searching and finally a very helpful discussion with Ian from ETN who have 7 they hire out in Brecon who put me right.
I loved the car, but the Renault experience has been bumpy with even the ZE experts at Renault not knowing much and the sale experience being less than slick-I have really battled to actually buy one. Even my trade insurance brokers flat refused to cover the Twizy (quadricycle brought up visions of quad bikes) until we ignored them and went direct to the underwriting department at my insurers Tradewise who were very sensible and professional and “updated” the brokers.
We have two kids and run a huge Iveco Daily van and a wonderful Ford Transit Tourneo 8 seat minibus, but find we make many local journeys two up so thought we could save the amount the Twizy will cost us in diesel and running costs on the two big vehicles.
We were very nervous of heavy depreciation on the Twizy-especially once the Gordon Murray T27 gets built in 3 years time (£13k minus 5k government car grant-its a car not a quadricycle, so 8k, has 3 seats, aircon, roof and windows) and were shocked that the Birmingham main dealer had only sold 4 Twizys this year. With the slow sales, huge number of demos being dropped onto the used market and the oddness of it being a barrier to many buyers, we could not justify a new one, so searched nationally for a really good ex-demo at a bargain price, then haggled hard and long so that if we sold it, we would not lose so much. Our logic was that the used stock is increasing day by day and many will be put off buying over the winter due to the lack of OE windows (we have looked at aftermarket ones), so many of these Twizys will either sit until summer or be vastly reduced to move them on. I guess Renault will do a deal soon with 0%, combined finance and battery hire deals, and skyroof special edition or something to spice up the sales and sooner or later will offer full doors, so had to be persuaded hard to buy now. Although we love the Twizy, cold hard economics bite-and we very nearly bought a Winther Kangaroo family bike with an electric motor instead, but finally one dealer agreed to my “it won’t sell until March” deal.
Anyway, a long intro and points may run into various threads, but HELLO!