Ownership Verified: 2023 Renault Twizy, or: Calimero the amusing commuter egg

Any data on how much juice you used and overall cost in that time? Knowing that electricity was often free it would be interesting.

That's quite simple, as my electricy bill went up on average +30CHF (31.5EUR, 34USD, 27GBP) per month since I've had the Twizy.

So: 10000km done in 4.5 months = 2222km per month, at 30CHF = 74km per 1CHF = 148km/L (at currently 2CHF/L of 95)= 0.67L/100km! (351mpg US, 421mpg UK)!

Granted, in reality it's probably a tic more because (as you mentioned) I do occasionally charge the Twizy for free in the field, but I do that very rarely now, as all the places and people I regularly visit are all inside a 1-charge loop from my home. - Same goes for the (many) just-for-fun drives I do at evenings and weekends, they are all inside the max loop range of the Twizy, which is reduced from a possible 90km to about 70km because of my preferred "go-go-go" leadfoot driving style. :dance:

The conclusion is clear: It's simply incredibly cheap motoring!
 
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^ For example I free-charged the Twizy only 4x each during the months of July and August, and every time it was only about 1h (=2Kw), just enough to get home, or to make a longer planned trip possible.

And you just know by sight when I'm stealing electricity or when I have actually asked for permission, because when I have permission I charge with the Twizys own bright orange spiral cable... :
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...but when I'm thieving the shockjuice I use a more inconspicuous black extension cord. :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:
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You probably have one of the most used Twizys in the world, except maybe the rentals.

Would be interesting to know how durable these are when used hard. Brakes, chassis, suspension etc.
 
I was looking at some used ones today here, there's a good one that's done 6,800 miles so just over 10,000km. In 10 years. :LOL:

It's a good price and the battery is owned, I just don't have a need or place to store a Twizy (my sheds are full).
 
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I really wanna drive a Twizy now, not gonna lie.
 
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You probably have one of the most used Twizys in the world, except maybe the rentals.

Maybe, but there are Twizy's around that have much more km's on the clock. For example yesterday I was at a Twizy meeting in the South of Germany (sounds far away, but as I live directly at the Swiss/German border (aka Lake Constanze) fot me it was just a ferry ride and only half a "tank" to the meeting point), and there were Twizys with us with 80- and 90'000km!

Toy cars in line:
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The afternoon group drive was a hoot! :LOL:
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We had 12 Twizys at the meet, the longest came from 250km away... but that one had a 20kw battery built in so he could do that in one go. :blink:
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Guess which one was mine?! - Yep, in Switzerland Twizys are authorized as "heavy motorbikes" and hence don't need a front numberplate. - Those bake tins the germans had on looked so oversized and silly. - Granted the Twizy looks silly anyway, but that's not my point here! :ROFLMAO:
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Would be interesting to know how durable these are when used hard. Brakes, chassis, suspension etc.
According to the more experienced Twizy drivers I met yesterday, the biggest enemy isn't hard use, but any lack of it! - Main problem is a fast buildup of rust on the brakes when not regularly in use because in comparison to a normal car they are completely unprotected. - The chassis is tough, it needs 10 years to get to a point that the first de-rust work has to be done. - Suspension is also no biggy, because while the springs may look quite long, they actually have only about 1cm of travel. Any bigger bumps go straight into thick hard rubbers which are by now 3D-printable pieces and easy to replace. Same goes for the door-stoppers that prevent the scissor doors from tiliting too much forward: Simple 3D printable parts that can be exchanged by hand without the need of tools.

I learned a lot yesterday, for example the most expectable faults are 1.) the relais from the windscreen heater failing, 2.) a stuck handbrake because a electric line to it has a badly designed bend in it that gets a stress failure after a few years, and 3.) the drivers seat pads crack between the seating surface and the backrest, 4.) the charging flap at the front will break some day in any case, as the hinges are just plastic.
 
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A Twizy meet? Now I've seen everything! Looks like great fun, I know these things are fun to ride in convoy. Great to get tips, tricks and places to watch out for trouble too.

Do they race these things? :hmm:
 
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I've been looking for ads for used Twizys thanks to this thread, and I am even starting to ponder scenarios in which I can make a Twizy a justified purchase. Good thing finding a parking spot for a Twizy would still be a nightmare here! :D

Although I've also been pondering scenarios in which I can justify purchasing a motorcycle, and that's probably even worse...
 
I've been looking for ads for used Twizys thanks to this thread, and I am even starting to ponder scenarios in which I can make a Twizy a justified purchase. Good thing finding a parking spot for a Twizy would still be a nightmare here! :D

Although I've also been pondering scenarios in which I can justify purchasing a motorcycle, and that's probably even worse...
If you can park a motorcycle you can likely park a Twizy.
 
If you can park a motorcycle you can likely park a Twizy.

Yep, you can park the Twizy against a wall with the mirror almost touching it, and you can still get in- and out on that side. :LOL:
 
Looks like you can just about get away with parking nose or tail in on spaces, it's shorter than the Smart ForTwo and that was the original novelty of that car. I'm not sure I'd actually want to do this very much though, around here you'd still probably get a ticket.

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If you can park a motorcycle you can likely park a Twizy.

For example: According to Swiss law I'm just another bike which makes this possible, with the added bonus that swiss bike spaces are free of charge. - Granted, technically you should be inside the lines with the whole thing, including wheels and mirrors, but you have to be a hard and frustrated specimen of a police/control person to give this little innocent road puppy a fine because of that. The Twizy was parked like this for a whole day while we made a lake cruise with the ship.
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Same here, roofed bike stand at the Uzwil train station. The bikes next to me were there first and I squeezes myself in, and even when it's this tight no problem to get in- and out thanks to the scissor doors:
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Btw, production ends for Europe at the end of this year, and for Asia in 2024. - About 36'000 of these things have been made in it's 12 year run.
 
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