Published on August 22nd, 2015 | by Subhash Nair0
All-Electric Renault Twizy Now Available in Malaysia
TC Euro Cars, the sole franchise holder for Renault vehicles in Malaysia, today announced the retail availability of Renault’s all-electric Twizy car.
A highly drivable car, uniquely easy to use, with zero emissions and zero pollution, the Renault Twizy is particularly well-suited to new forms of urban mobility and business use such as car sharing, fleet, tourism or private use, new urban development products and even last-mile deliveries.
Highly visible, the Renault Twizy can also be fitted with decals and customised, making it a powerful communication tool as well for companies that make it part of their fleet.
“Electric power is today’s only real zero-emission solution and the demand for Renault electric vehicles continues to grow globally. Fun-to-drive, requiring less maintenance and with low operating costs, Renault electric vehicles enjoy among the highest levels of customer satisfaction that we have seen for any vehicle,” said Kuan Kim Luen, CEO, TC Euro Cars Sdn Bhd.
Renault-Nissan Alliance has sold 15,000 Twizy cars as of April 2015 and 250,000 electric vehicles (EVs) as of June 2015. In Europe, the company was the No. 1 EV brand for the months of April and May 2015, with a market share of 26 percent.
Renault Twizy’s dimensions are barely bigger than those of a three-wheel scooter. At just 2.34 metres in length and 1.23 metres wide, it is the breath of fresh air in the city. With a kerb weight of just 450kg, the Twizy is at least half the weight of a normal car.
Compact, yet nippy thanks to its electric motor and direct steering, it is much more agile than conventional cars and is even more fun to drive. The electric motor delivers a maximum peak power and torque of 13kW (17hp) and 57Nm respectively enabling the Twizy to achieve a maximum speed of 80km/h. Renault Twizy is the only four-wheeler that can park at right angles to the pavement. If you stretch your arms out wide, that’s roughly the length of the space you need!
Renault Twizy’s road-handling is both playful and reassuring, with its four wheels and their disc brakes.
In terms of safety, the Twizy offers features worthy of a conventional vehicle. Firm suspension tuning ensures stability, safety and security. Additional passive safety features include a protective cabin, four-point seat belt (for the driver) and a driver airbag. For Urban trim, a three-point seat belt at the rear is also present.
The 6.1kWh lithium-ion battery is located under the front seat. At the front end of the Renault Twizy is a flap which conceals the charging cable. The latter simply needs to be connected to any 230V/240V outlet, with a complete charge taking only three-and-a-half hours. With a range of 100km, the Twizy can be driven all over town.
The Renault Twizy may be fun, but it is just as efficient as a car. Its chassis was developed by Renault Sport Technologies, which means it is also sure-footed, thanks to optimised engineering coupled with a very low centre of gravity.
The Twizy’s design was dictated by function. It can be seen as a helmet, placed on a technical base with the smallest possible surface area. The profile of this helmet and the way it is designed around the passenger increase its visibility in traffic. It is also a car of original proportions, with the four wheels standing out from the cabin. The round headlights, which are part of the new identify, have a friendly look. The large windscreen provides both safety and transparency.
The Renault Twizy will be available in two trims, Urban and Cargo, throughout the Renault sales network. The Urban trim comes with a passenger seat at the back, while the Cargo variant offers a watertight boot with a capacity of 180 litres, accessible via a rear door that opens to 90 degrees.
Priced at RM71,888.00 for the Urban trim and RM73,888.00 for the Cargo, on-the-road inclusive of GST without insurance for private individual registration; Twizy represents a true revolution in urban mobility for all motorists. The above prices are for Peninsular Malaysia only.
For added peace-of-mind, like all Renault passenger cars, service intervals for the Twizy are 10,000km or six months, whichever comes first. The Twizy also comes with a two-year or 50,000km manufacturer’s warranty for the base vehicle, and, a three-year or 50,000km manufacturer’s warranty for both the traction battery and electrical drivetrain.