Because the future is now, and because most of the Arab countries have started to motivate citizens to own electric cars whether through installing charging stations or various types of incentives facilitating the process of owning electric cars, we will be taking you on a unique journey with a forward-looking experience filled with new technologies.
To match our themed Journey of youth and futuristic technologies, we chose the “American University of Technology” in Lebanon to be our ground testing base for the modern, funky, 100% electric and revolutionist vehicle made by the French manufacturer the “Renault Twizy”.
Before diving into the technologies and features of this scooter resembling vehicle, let’s start with the out-of-ordinary name “Twizy”. The European manufacturer has chosen this unusual name to reflect the nature of this unique car and to reflect its capabilities as well. The name “Twizy” is derived from the words: “Twins” as the Twizy is a small two seater vehicle capable of fitting closely two inseparable friends or twins and “Easy” which reflects the three major highlights of the car: Easy to Drive, Easy to Park and Easy to charge.
As for the exterior styling, the Twizy has a unique design. The Twizy structure is relatively small in size, resembling a scooter. The Twizy has the perfect in-city car dimensions of 2.34 m length X 1.4 m x width 1.98 m height making easy to drive in narrow streets and during traffic. The Twizy is also equipped with vertical doors for that extra coolness on exit and entry, you will surely make a remarkable entrance whenever you are going in or out of your car.
On the driving level, whether you are driving on city roads and even cruising the university campus, the exotic car will turn heads. The various cool and funky elements of the Twizy’s exterior design will guarantee unprecedented attention from its round distinctive headlights, unique wheels’ design or unusual rear shape and taillights. Perhaps the most important feature of the Twizy’s design is the color mixture of the body as you can customize it and choose any color combination that reflects your personality.
Personally, I can say that the driving sensation of the Twizy is 100% unique and different from any other driving sensation. Twizy brings on a smile on everyone’s face from the driver, the passenger and the people on the streets in a very strange way. it actually enlisted the spirit of humor and youth in the heart of everyone we met during our unique experience.
On the mechanical level or should I say Electro-Mechanical, the Twizy comes equipped with a 100% electric motor emissions free generating 13 KW of power equivalent to 17 HP at a weight of 474 kg. The Twizy is capable of reaching 80 km/h and an approximate range of 80 Km of combined distance without the need to be re-charged.
For the best driving experience, my colleague and I decided to take on a journey full of youth and fun. Our journey began from the city streets of Beirut heading towards the American University of Technology to re-live the university’s daily life of future youth full of energy and great times.
As we reach the University campus parking lot, we initiated in quick maneuverability drive. The Twizy was up to challenge due to its size and best turning radius (3.4m) defined for the 4-wheels vehicle.
After a few hours of driving, we decided to spice things a bit and make an unusual challenge, that is to drive the Twizy inside the university campus and specifically towards the basketball court. The Twizy fitted perfectly as we were driving it through the narrow classroom hallways. It was a true eye catcher to see a car driving through those tight alleys not made for driving conditions. As we reached the basketball court, you can clearly notice both the smile and question marks painted on students’ faces wondering how did this car get here and what is that out-of-ordinary vehicle?
After answering all inquiries and removing all doubts that this car was driven inside the campus, the basketball challenge between me and my colleague was set. We enjoyed our time shooting some hoops for three and a half hours, the time needed to recharge our energy and also to fully charge the Twizy. Charging a car has never been so easy, as the Twizy comes with an easy to plug 3-meter built-in cable that can be connected to any electrical outlet. The charging is done and we were on our way for our next challenge.
The most important problem we face in our everyday life is finding the parking spot for our car. As the day was about to end and the sun was about to set, the campus’ parking lot was full of cars with no place to park for a final wrap up. Renault’s innovative solution for the parking matter was in our hands, the Twizy made the parking process so simple and easy. We actually had fun parking the Twizy due its relevantly small size that can fit anywhere. Whether longitudinally or horizontally, the Twizy can be parked in less than 1.5m of space.
In the end, we can confirm that this revolutionary car from the French manufacturer Renault has defined the future path of the small electric cars and is at the same time suitable for the young generation interested in preserving the environment while driving cool cars and also suitable for corporates distinguished by their Social environmental responsibility and interested in fuel-saving while making their product delivery as the Twizy comes also, in addition to its two seater, with a Cargo Version which replaces the rear seat with a storage capacity of 180 liters or 75 kg.
So the final question is Are you a “Twizy”?