Renault Twizy details announced before 2012 launch

Answering questions about the range of the compact ‘mobility solution’, Twizy product manager Yvan Capelle said the car has a range between 34 and 71 miles, but on average it will be capable of travelling 50 miles on a single charge.

The Renault Twizy, unlike other electric cars, is designed to provide a lightweight, small and eco-friendly city-based solution and as a result the range is only short.

However, Capelle says acceleration has been designed to make the car ideal for city traffic while its compact dimensions mean parking and driving in busy traffic is easier.

“The idea was born from a need for a means of individual transport that is clean, small, convenient and urban,” said Capelle.

He revealed the Twizy, whose quirky design includes a lack of doors and two seats in a single line, will be available in 45 and 80 derivations, with the more powerful model boasting the same power as a 125cc scooter.

The Renault Twizy, which is expected to arrive on UK roads before March 2012, will boast an artificial noise to warn pedestrians of its presence at low speeds and four body colours, which can be added to with stickers and body graphics to customise the car.

Renault plans to start test drives of the Twizy from early 2012 prior to the car going on sale in UK dealerships.

The Renault Twizy is one of four new electric vehicles from Renault and is the smallest of the quartet. The Renault Zoe is a more traditional car in the style of a supermini, while the Fluence is larger still, resembling a saloon.

The fourth electric vehicle, the Renault Kangoo Z.E., will be the first to arrive on UK soil towards the end of 2011.