Will 16 year old drivers be legal with this car?

The small and dynamic Renault Twizy has been much-talked about since it arrived to the UK market back in April this year. It’s time in the spotlight is set to continue going into the start of 2013, when a new version of it goes on sale, which 16 year olds will be able to drive without a licence.

The Renault Twizy is an electric city car which is actually classified in Europe as a heavy quadricycle as opposed to a car.

Significantly news announced just prior the Twizy’s UK launch revealed new EU legislation that is set to be applied in January 2013, which will allow quadricycle vehicles to be driven on public roads without a driving licence but a moped licence instead.

The moped licence can be gained by someone aged as early as 16 meaning by next year young motorists could be driving on roads unsupervised, a year before they can legally gain their provisional driving licence.

In response to this upcoming law change, Renault are set to introduce a new version of the Twizy to the UK market, despite originally planning to leave it out of its plans.

The new Twizy 45 specification is less powerful then the standard Twizy 80 model on sale right now, but it can serve as a future driving option for 16 year olds and others without a driving licence.

The Twizy 45 swaps the standard model’s 17bhp electric motor for a reduced power unit which delivers 5.4bhp. With this new powertrain the Twizy’s top speed is cut down from 50mph to 28mph, but the maximum travel range is also increased from 60 miles to 75 miles at most.

The Renault Twizy 45 will reportedly cost around £6,200 when it goes on sale next year, plus the cost of leasing the battery which will be priced between £45 and £67 per month. The price of the battery lease will depend on both annual mileage and the period of leasing preferred.

The standard Renault Twizy 80 is available right now to buy at Perrys Renault Dealership in Aylesbury. The quirky electric model is available in three trim specifications, with prices starting from £6,690.

In the meantime you can enjoy this video showing the making of a special Renault Twizy made out of macaroons, created in partnership with pastry chief Pierre Herme.