Since my test drive at a dealer back in July, I have thought about the possibility of owning a Twizy (amongst other EVs) as a 2nd vehicle for commuting and running errands at the weekends. Colder or drizzly days wouldn’t bother me, as riding my Vectrix (or any motorcycle for that matter) for a few years, you learn to dress appropriately.
Overall, I was very pleased with the drive, but did find a few things rather quirky/odd.
I liked the regenerative braking. At one point on my test drive, I was driving down a fairly steep hill at the limited top speed and charging the battery too. What I gained here though, I lost coming back up the hill as I was using 3 bars/full power and couldn’t reach 30mph.
I didn’t find the limited 52mph top speed an issue on my unaccompanied test drive, but I think this might be a problem with some of the roads on the commute to work. My Vectrix maxi-scooter was limited to 100km/h, but has since had an official software update to 110km/h. It’s only about another 6mph increase, but has made a noticeable difference. Makes me wonder whether Renault could update the Twizy for an extra 10% increase in top speed.
I thought it handled well, even if the ride was a little on the harsh side. The turning circle was excellent and the ability to park just about anywhere appeals to me.
I also liked the panoramic view you get when looking out at T-junctions and crossroads. No B-post in the way to obstruct your view!
I did ask the salesman about the possibility of upgrading the battery pack in x number of years if/when a higher capacity pack becomes available, but he wasn’t sure. A usable capacity of 6.1 kWh seems to be ideal, but just like laptops and mobile phones, I’m sure we’ll see an increase in capacity over the coming years.
Has anyone looked at the possibility of fitting LED indicators, brake/tail and reversing lights? I’m surprised Renault didn’t do this already.
The first part of the accelerator pedal didn’t seem to do anything - but I gather this is for safety reasons?
When I had the seatbelts on, I couldn’t reach the handbrake lever properly - and I also thought the release button could do with being on the opposite side. I gather that Renault has used this lever design on quite a few models, but this was my first experience of it.