Some unusual-looking Renault car parts could soon start appearing on the market after the car maker announced it is to release the new Renault Twizy electric vehicle in the UK next month.
The Renault Twizy electric vehicle is Renault's answer to the problem of the high cost of electric cars, which is often cited as one of the main barriers to greater uptake of the vehicles.
From April 13th, UK motorists will be able to get their hands on the radical tandem two-seater battery-powered vehicle for just £6,690 for the 'Urban' model and or £6,950 for the 'Colour' version, the Independent reports.
Both versions are considerably cheaper than any other electric vehicle despite not qualifying for the government's £5,000 plug-in car grant.
Renault Twizy Battery Packs
One of the main reasons for this is that the price does not include the cost of the expensive batttery packs used to power the vehicles.
Instead, Renault will lease the batteries to the customer for a cost of between £45 and £67 per month, depending on annual mileage and the length of the lease term.
However, with a full charge of the battery from the mains electricity likely to cost only around £1, the running cost of the vehicle will still be far below that of a conventional car.
Officially launched at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the Twizy is a highly innovative and unusual looking vehicle, with an appearance somewhere between a car and a motorcycle.
It has four wheels but the two occupants sit one behind the other, rather than side-by-side and the vehicle measures just 233cm long and 139cm wide.
With a top speed of 50mph, the Twizy is designed purely for urban use.
The lithium-ion battery pack on the highly manoeuvrable car provides a range of 62 miles and takes three-and-a-half hours to fully charge.