In March, French automaker Renault began production of the Twizy, its electric urban vehicle that is not actually a car – it is a quadricycle.
With seating for two (one behind the other), optional doors, and a top speed of 28 miles per hour, it is not much use outside the city.
The Twizy starts at $12,300, with about $75 in battery lease costs per month.
A Telegraph review criticized the vehicle for its lack of windows (leaving it exposed to London weather), three and a half hour charge time, and the fact that, unlike a bike or scooter, it cannot weave through traffic.
However, none of that has stopped the Twizy from becoming a hit among European buyers. Through September, Renault registered 7,895 Twizy sales, the bulk of them in Germany, Italy, and France, enough to make it the highest selling electric vehicle in Europe.
Unfortunately for Renault, the Twizy is the bright spot in its electric vehicle lineup. Sales and marketing director Stephen Norman told Autocar, "Overall sales are running well below expectations. The volume coming through is lower than we'd thought."
Renault is not giving up on new zero-emissions vehicles, however: The Zoe EV hatchback is scheduled to launch later this year.
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