The zero emission Renault Twizy has made landfall in Australia, its first step on what could be a long road to create a new category of environmentally friendly personal mobility device.
Twizy is classed as a quadricycle in Europe, but because there is no suitable categorisation in Australia, Twizy is currently required to conform to passenger vehicle standards, and so has to meet the same criteria as a Renault Koleos, despite doing the same job as an electric scooter; carrying two people around the city.
Renault Australia has imported its first Twizy in order to demonstrate its vast capability and endearing attributes to a very wide audience.
Twizy is the third Renault Zero Emission vehicle to turn a wheel in Australia after the Fluence Z.E. sedan, and the Kangoo Z.E. light van (examples of which are currently on test with Australia Post). In fact, the Renault ZOE Zero Emission light car also visited Australia for hot climate testing during its final development and toured Down Under wearing a snazzy disguise (probably why you may have missed it).
â€œTwizy has to be seen to be believed and driven to be understood, which is why we have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first example,â€ says Justin Hocevar, Managing Director of Renault Australia.
â€œRenault is a global leader in Zero Emission vehicles. Twizy offers a unique, imaginative and exciting view of future personal mobility, one that would fit very well into our increasingly congested cityscapes. It is possible to fit three Twizys into a standard car park and in addition Twizy can be charged overnight from a standard household socket.
For commuters travelling only short distances each day, Twizy could be the ideal solution, and arguably far safer than two-wheeled travel,â€ Hocevar says.
â€œTwizy has been an incredible success in Europe, where it has been on sale for around two years. We are hoping that by exposing some opinion formers, lawmakers, and relevant road authorities to Twizy, we will gain a greater understanding of the concept and what it could deliver for Australia drivers.
â€œWe donâ€™t think that just because Twizy has a steering wheel instead of a handlebar it should be automatically disqualified from consideration as a legitimate form of personal transport in Australia,â€ he says.
â€œTo drive Twizy is to love Twizy, we say, and we hope that Australians who have the opportunity to try Twizy will agree.â€