To say that COVID-19 has rewritten how we will lead our social life won’t be an understatement. And vehicles like the Renault Twizy could just be the ‘car’ we need for the new norm.
With the Coronavirus outbreak, social distancing will be a part of our life for sometime in the foreseeable future. Experts believe that the need to maintain social distancing when commuting will change the way we travel, resulting in the increase in shift to privately owned vehicles.
The Renault Twizy, that was displayed at the Auto Expo 2020 without confirmed launch plans, is a two-seater that offers the comfort of a car and versatility of a compact vehicle to handle the rush hour traffic. The Twizy measures 2,338 mm in length and 1,396 mm in width, making it perfect for city commutes and to get in & out of tight parking spaces.
Powered by a 6.1 kWh battery pack, the Twizy makes a maximum power of 13 kW (17 hp) and a peak torque of 57 Nm. The battery offers a range of up to 100 km and can be charged to full capacity in 3.5 hours. The electric two-seater is also zippy with a top speed of 80 km/h and a 0 to 45 km/h time of 6.1 seconds.
And not just for commuting. The Renault Twizy would also serve the purpose of last-mile delivery services and the cargo-specified version was shown at the Auto Expo 2020. With the rear seat removed, the Twizy can hold up to 180 litres of cargo with a maximum weight of 75 kg. This model would have to be reengineered and perhaps stripped to its bones to make it affordable to customers in markets like India. But the concept of the Twizy which is a four-wheeled motorcycle having a roof is more attractive than ever before.
Renault developed the Twizy to be a modern urban mobility solution that is environment-friendly and fun to use, launching it in 2011. 9 years later, it could come into its own as the perfect commuting option in the post-COVID-19 world.