Renault plans to hit the East European and South American markets with its Twizy electric vehicle. This was stated by Thierry Koskas, head of Renault’s electric-vehicle program, in an interview.
This two-seated, compact city EV was introduced at the 82nd International Geneva Motor show.
The model was introduced in France in March and started selling in the UK in April. The company has sold 1,000 units in Germany alone. In fact, in the whole of Europe, Renault has sold about 6,500 units.
Already, Twizy EVs have been added to car-sharing programs in both France and the UK.
The company plans to expand the distribution of the model to countries such as Turkey, Israel, Japan and Singapore.
Twizy is available with a choice of motors, one of which enables it to be driven without a driving license.
The Twizy 45 model requires no driving license and the other model features 13kW (17hp), maximum torque of 57 Nm and a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph).
Renault is also working on another urban electric vehicle with Daimler’s Smart division. It has been learnt that the new car could be available as early as 2014. It will have a price tag of about 10,000 euros (about $12,400).