I’m trying to find out as much as I can about the Twizy. I’ve been following progress of EV developments via the Fully Charged YouTube channel for a few years and I went to the FCLive event at Silverstone last year (didn’t make it to the one this year). I’m very keen to get into EV ownership and after some research, I’m currently considering a second-hand Twizy to get me started.
I’ve watched loads of YouTube reviews and more recently I approached my local Renault dealer about a test drive. After a day they decided they couldn’t locate one for me. I then tried the RenaultUK Facebook page and they were quite helpful. They told me about the three Renault dealerships in the UK which currently stock a Twizy! Apparently, there’s one in Portsmouth, one in Yeovil and one in Cambridge. But the best result from the post on FB was a reply from Chris B. who put me onto this forum.
So I’m dead keen on EVs, my only experience of driving one is a BMW i3 and I loved it. I’ve never driven a Twizy (hence the attempt to get a test drive). I’m happy with the price of a second hand Twizy so the only two things which remains in my mind are:
- The battery lease, the cost, what it actually covers and if there will ever be a way to avoid it.
- Exactly how harsh the ride is.
I’d really rather get some kind of a test drive next so my next step is going to be contacting the Cambridge dealer as recommended to see about the ‘extended’ test drive that the RenaultUK FB page suggested (not sure how long that might be but hoping for a weekend).
There are a few for sale but the one I’ve got my eye on is a 2012 reg in blue-white with about 9,000 miles for £4500 or there abouts. I’m confident in the seller too so all looking good. Apart from a route into EV ownership, it is about time I treated myself to something fun. My plan is to use it for my very short commute to work (a round trip of about 6 miles per day) and some running about town/local journeys. I reckon I’d be charging it once a week at the weekend!
So over to you lovely people. Am I on the right track - does this look like a good move? I’d be very grateful for any advice, tips and hints to make sure I get this right.