Firstly I think a small introduction is appropriate. I’m new to this forum and absolutely loved it for the amount of information on the Twizy available (haven’t really been looking beyond this aspect) and decided to register to ask you for some short advice relating to the maximum gradient (approximately) a Twizy would be able to handle.
I’ve been googling away a bit and haven’t really come across any information relating to this topic apart from the increased probability of wheel spin on slopes in reverse, and the range reduction driving in hilly areas. The thing is, I live in Liguria (Italy) and am seriously considering purchasing a Twizy (second hand though), but as some of you might know, Liguria is pretty famous for its steep roads. The last bit of the road going up to my house is rather steep, haven’t actually calculated the gradient, but for some reference, a 50cc scooter only just makes it in 2 people with the automatic clutch slipping and burning.
Unfortunately I do not have the possibility to test drive a Twizy as none of the nearby dealerships have a Twizy available (only the 45km/h version) and are interested in lending me one, and neither is Renault Italy. So I’m kind of going to have to guess whether it’ll make it up the slope before buying one. I’ve driven a Twizy a couple of times on flat roads and although the acceleration is quite ok, the thing that worries me is that at low speeds, or from standstill, I had the sensation that the computer significantly limits the torque coming from the electronic motor, so I’m curious to how it handles steep hills. It’s basically my only worry before buying one, so I really hope you guys can give me some insights, or perhaps even some figures if Renault has have released them (don’t think so).
Thank you so much in advance!