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Renault: Twingo with electrons

03. 03. 20.

Renault: Twingo with electrons

Renault’s city car has an all-electric version.

It’s not necessarily a surprise, since the Twingo’s cousin, the Smart Forfour is already available in a 100% electric version. But a milestone has nonetheless been reached in Renault’s zero emissions strategy.

In terms of appearance, only the blue edging on the front grille, body sides and wheel centres set the Twingo Z.E. apart from combustion versions. Even the electric plug is located in the same spot as the fuel tank flap. 
The same observation can be made about the interior. The Twingo Z.E. is distinguished only by a 7-inch touch screen and its Easy Link multimedia system using features specific to electric vehicles such as display of the reachable geographic area based on remaining autonomy. 

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The vehicle’s handling advantages – a steering radius of 4,30 m – and practical aspects remain unchanged. Only the weight increases by about 150 kg after electrification.

Under the floor of the trunk is a 60 kW (82 hp) and 160 Nm electric motor. It’s powered by an exclusive 21,3 kWh battery supplied by LG, located under the front seats. In terms of performance, it can go from 0 to 50 km/h in 4,2 s, and from 0 to 100 km/h in 12,6 s with a top speed of 135 km/h.
The Twingo Z.E. has a range of about 250 km in WLTP City cycle and 180 km in full WLTP cycle. Given that the daily average travelled by mini city car users in Europe is around 30 kilometres, this operating range makes a week of daily trips possible without recharging. The Twingo Z.E. is targeting precisely this mainly urban clientele.

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The Twingo Z.E. can be recharged at home, at work or using the AC power infrastructure up to 22 kW. Thanks to its smart Chameleon charger, patented by Renault, it adapts to the maximum power available at each charging station. As a result, connection to a 22 kW charging station takes only 30 minutes to increase operating range to about 80 kilometres. Depending on the equipment available, a complete recharge can take from 63 minutes (22 kW station) to 13.5 hours (domestic station).

Prices for the Twingo Z.E. will be available in autumn 2020 and sales will start at the end of the year.