The Renault Twizy will go on sale from March 2012 in the UK and prices will start from £6,690 for the lowest-spec Urban version.
However, two more specifications, Colour and range-topping Technic, will also be available priced at £6,950 and £7,400 respectively.
While prices are the lowest yet for an electric-powered vehicle there will also be a monthly battery hire charge of at least £40.
This is because electric batteries are expensive and would render the car worthless if it needed to be replaced by the customer. However, as part of a leasing plan, Renault takes on the cost of the battery for the three-year duration of the payment plan if anything goes wrong.
The Renault Twizy is technically not a car. Because of its low weight – just 450kg including the battery – it is officially a quadricycle.
However, its tiny dimensions – it is capable of seating just two people and even lacks standard side doors – mean it is ideal for driving in busy city areas.
The electric powertrain offers a top speed of 50mph and a range of 60 miles. The Twizy takes three and a half hours to fully charge – nearly half the time of a larger electric car.
Equipment includes optional alloy wheels, a lockable glovebox and despite its quadricycle status, three-point seat belts, an airbag and steering lock.
There is also a heated windscreen, battery charge display and, if the middle-range Colour specification is chosen, a choice of body colours, panels and roof colours to customise the Twizy.
The Renault Twizy is one of four electric cars set to be launched by Renault. The Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. will go on sale in 2011 while the Renault Fluence will arrive shortly after.
The final electric car in Renault’s range will be the Renault Zoe supermini, a Renault Clio-size electric car set to arrive late in 2012.