I guess mine was one of the earliest delivered in May and I have been using it as a daily commuter and covered 1800 miles. I thought you guys might like an update on my experiences so far.
Plug and Power
I had two Rolec wallpods fitted, one at home and one at the office. The catch is that it is pretty much impossible to plug the regular Twizy plug into any normal charging point. I use a small extention cable at home and have another one in the office but it is not an elegant solution. Renault have been helpful and I have been in discussion with the Twizy product manager and all I can say is that they are at the CAD stage for the design of a new plug and are sending the CAD drawings to charger manufacturers for comment and approval on a “twice burned” policy which makes sense but despite good customer service from Renault, I dont think I will have a solution for my own car for a few more months.
I ordered and paid for a waterproof cover when I bought the car. Renault supplied an internal only cover which was not any use to me at all. I gave it back to them and waited for 5 months for a promised waterproof cover to emerge. Finally, I now understand that the promised cover will not be appearing in the forseeable future due to production/manuracturing issues and as compensation Renault have ordered me the new Twizy windows!! for delivery in November! but in fairness to Renault they are supplying them for the same price as I had already paid for the cover, which is about half the regular cost of the Window.
The battery capacity to me seems about the same as new after 18 months and I have not noticed any practical problems with driving more of the time with headlights and wipers or the colder temperatures.
This is my biggest irritant as i do not like wiping bucket loads of water off the inside of the screen and roof each morning. I guess there is not much that can be done about this. A word of warning on the type of tax disk holder you choose, avoid the magnetic semi paper ones as they get very soggy with the condensation.
Enjoyment of Ownership
This is still sky high and I enjoy every single journey to work in the Twizy. My Jaguar XJR has stayed in the driveway more as planned and this is all good. I love it to bits but it will help the life of the Jag and depreciation driving it a little less. I love that the Twizy is the star and so many people are so curious about it. Mothers try to explain it to their children… (I guess they say it is like a grown up little tykes bubble car) and hardened builders say they love it trendy young people say they love it and I like showing it off to them.
True it does need a whole parking bay. True it cant be parked side on without being in breach of regulations… but I have discovered some pluses. It can be parked on the pavement where there is a possibility of parking inside a building line. Many properties have 4-5 feet of space by the building and before the official pavement begins. This is ideal short term Twizy parking and I have used this many times to avoid street parking and payment.
I have discovered to my cost that the storage bins in the Twizy are very inadequately protected internally and Renault need to redesign here. I put my iPAD in its case in the rear locked storage bin and the jiggling over bumps knocked the iPAD so hard the screen broke. The good news is that indurance replaced it with a 64Gb/3G iPAD 3 but the bad news it i am £400 poorer for the experience. The bin needs some better foam protection at the bottom to stop this happening.
So thats my experience with the first 1800 miles of ownership and I hope for as much enjoyment out of the next 1800 miles.