Renault has unveiled the Twizy Cargo, a new version of the small battery-powered model designed for carrying goods – or at least in theory. Don’t think of it as an alternative to the Kangoo, as the boot can only accommodate 180 liters (6.35 cubic feet) of luggage weighing a maximum of 75 kilograms (165.3 lbs). This has been done at the expense of the single rear seat, which has disappeared to create some cargo space.
Built by Renault Tech in cooperation with Renault Sport Technologies, the Twizy Cargo has a watertight boot that is accessible via a rear lockable door that opens to 90 degrees. The conversion leaves the front seat still moveable, while the rear door features a locking system that works with the ignition key.
Renault says the Twizy Cargo is aimed primarily at delivery or express companies, such as lift operators, postal services and emergency services. At least in France, companies can claim back VAT on the purchasing price and battery rental, since Twizy Cargo is a vehicle converted by Renault.
The Twizy Cargo features a 4-point seatbelt and airbag and buyers gain the same warranty coverage as for other Twizy versions, more specifically two years unlimited mileage for the car, three years for the powertrain.
The small electric model is available in two versions, the Twizy Cargo 45 which has a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph), 120 km (75 mi) of urban driving range and 5 horsepower, and the Twizy Cargo, which can reach 80 km/h (50 mph) thanks to its 17-hp motor and has a homologated urban range of 100 km (62 mi). In France, the Twizy Cargo 45 is priced from €6,750 ($8,850), while the more powerful version starts from €7,350 ($9,630). Both prices do not include tax / VAT.
By Dan Mihalascu