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Twizy - the answer or a chocolate fireguard?

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Twizy - the answer or a chocolate fireguard?

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/car-tech/1284439/renault-twizy-preview
(read to the end to understand the significance of the title of this poll)
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Re: Twizy - the answer or a chocolate fireguard?

I see most people agree with me.
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While its £7,000 price seems cheap for a high-tech electric vehicle, there's a sting in the tail with a monthly lease charge for the lithium-ion battery expected to be about £45.

£7,000 doesn't seem cheap to me!
I would have expected a far better range on a vehicle so small - until that improves I can't see them taking off. Why no solar panel on the roof so it charges all the time?
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Re: Twizy - the answer or a chocolate fireguard?

Won't it need wings to take off too? Wink
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Re: Twizy - the answer or a chocolate fireguard?

Presumably quite big wings to overcome the weight of the batteries !  Roll eyes
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Re: Twizy - the answer or a chocolate fireguard?

It's certainly not the answer in my opinion. Sure for hopping down into town it maybe practical or round o the corner shop but for long distance it will be useless.
Frankly i'd say its probably perfect for those who have just passed their test to get local experience of driving before being let out on the main roads in a bigger car.
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Re: Twizy - the answer or a chocolate fireguard?

Quite apart from the £45 per month lease charge for the battery, and the limited range, it's surely a non-starter in the UK with the option of no doors, half doors or sidebars.
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Re: Twizy - the answer or a chocolate fireguard?

I can see it selling in London, being small, easy to park, no congestion charge to pay and safer than a scooter. Limited use anywhere else, though.
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It's the £45 per month lease charge for the battery that's the killer. With some small hybrid cars pushing 80mpg £45 represents over 550 miles.That would be a lot of miles per month for a small town run-about. But on top of the £45 you still have to charge it up.
Then there's a range. 62 miles from a 3.5 hour charge. That means you'd have to charge it up after every use. If it had sufficient range that it would only need charging once a week it would appeal more.
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Re: Twizy - the answer or a chocolate fireguard?

While i'm not overly keen on what Renault are offering (and the £45 still seems a bit far out of touch) i think we should remember that its still more than other car makers are doing at the moment to get rid of fossil fuels powering their cars.
As i said earlier and backed up by Denzil, it has some uses which would be ideal for it but if you're after a practical every day commuter car then its a no-no.
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Then there's a range. 62 miles from a 3.5 hour charge. That means you'd have to charge it up after every use. If it had sufficient range that it would only need charging once a week it would appeal more.

Depends how far you need to go. If your trip to work is a few miles across town then a full charge could last a week.
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While i'm not overly keen on what Renault are offering (and the £45 still seems a bit far out of touch) i think we should remember that its still more than other car makers are doing at the moment to get rid of fossil fuels powering their cars

http://www.plugincars.com/ford-focus-electric
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Re: Twizy - the answer or a chocolate fireguard?

other doesn't mean all.
I've not heard of BMW, Range Rover, Lotus, Mercedes, etc doing anything have you?
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Re: Twizy - the answer or a chocolate fireguard?

If you had looked at that web site and clicked the links at the top you would have got this page of 25 electric cars
http://www.plugincars.com/cars
BMW ActiveE
Smart ED
Chevy Volt
Nissan LEAF
Tesla Roadster
Mini E
Mitsubishi i
etc
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BMW ActiveE

Seriously?  Shocked I didn't know BMW had a conscience!
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http://www.plugincars.com/bmw-activee
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Beginning in 2011, a few hundred drivers will lease BMW’s the all-electric four-passenger ActiveE—essentially an electric-drive version of the BMW 1-series. The BMW ActiveE will allow the company to further refine the requirements for a line of large-volume future electric cars.