BERLIN: Renault's Twingo has long been a favourite for city dwellers looking for a compact and cheap runabout, and Renault is now also seeking the same success on electric avenue.
Renault wants to launch one of the cheapest battery-powered cars in the European market with an electric Twingo that ditches the three-cylinder petrol engine for an 82-horsepower electric motor powered by a 21-kWh battery.
With a maximum torque of 160Nm, Renault's smallest electric can sprint from 0 to 50kph in 4.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 135kph and a standard range of 190km.
In urban traffic, where this car can typically be found, the Twingo Electric can even manage a radius of 270 km, says Renault.
The Twingo charges at up to 22kW, meaning it can draw enough power for 80km in 30 minutes. According to the manufacturer, it can reach 84-per-cent charge level in 60 minutes.
The car is currently being tested by media after a sales launch in France and other markets. Renault has put the new Twingo's base launch price at €25,666 (RM125,000) for its home market in Europe.