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New Renault Twizy Rainbow

The Renault Twizy may be one of the most memorable machines in the world - but its manufacture wants it to stand out even more. That brings us to

By Stephen Turvil
May 25, 2012
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Nope, not good enough. The Renault Twizy may be one of the most memorable machines in the world - but its manufacture wants it to stand out even more. That brings us to Renault's 'Design a Twizy' competition. Here, students competed to see their exterior colour concept brought to life on this battery powered plaything. The competition was won by Rachel Smith, 20, from The University of Huddersfield for her 'Rainbow' design. And her prize? How does £9,000 to cover twelve month's tuition fees sound? Pretty good, I suspect, particularly as the cheque was presented to Miss Smith by Dame Ellen MacArthur - the legendary yachtswoman.

The Renault Twizy is a two-seater electric run-around measuring 2.34 metres by 1.24 metres. As such, it easily nips through traffic. It is powered by a 13KW (17HP) motor that can propel electricity lovers to around fifty miles-per-hour. Furthermore Renault claims this urban workhorse has a range of about sixty miles, but as with all electric vehicles this can vary according to the conditions. Racing uphill uses more juice than rolling downhill, for example.

The Renault Twizy costs £6,690, which is close to the price of some city cars. This is in addition to the batteries, that can be leased from its manufacturer for £45 per-month based on 4,500 miles per-year over three years. But Twizy lovers can increase the cost of this already pricey run-around further. The scissor doors cost £545, metallic paint adds £195, alloy wheels are £340, and the 50-litre 'leisure bag' will relive you of a further £95. At least Twizy owners sidestep the cost of petrol/diesel, as it can be charged over three and a half hours via a standard plug socket. That is the small pot of gold at the end of Rachel's rainbow.

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By Stephen Turvil
May 25, 2012