Yeah I’d like to know the answer to that too. I think it has an impact on what happens to Twizys a little way down the line. I don’t suppose the Twizy has a long life expectancy; what happens when it dies? Are you still tied to paying for the battery? (It’s OK while the cars are new; as I understand it you can pass on the contract to a new owner or back to a Renault dealer. But what if no one wants to take it on because the car is knackered?)
Also, even if the Twizy doesn’t completely die in your ownership, what happens to the value of the car when it drops to a point were the next potential owner could be stuck with a [relatively] massively expensive battery contract on a vehicle worth very little?
Without a leased battery, it’s easier to predict. As a car gets older, the value drops in roughly an inverse exponential curve down to almost nothing, then it gets scrapped. You accept that if you buy an old car for, say, £500 things might go drastically wrong - but the most you’ll ever lose is £500 - even if the engine explodes and the gearbox falls out as you drive it home. But with a Twizy (or any other Renault ZE) you’re tied in to a battery contract which lasts 12-36 months. So, for example, if you buy your Twizy for £1500 second hand, you could be carrying another £1500 of battery rental still to pay on top of that. Does that mean the value of the Twizy will fall off a cliff face when it reaches a certain point? Or is there going to be a way out of the contract, such that if you buy a Twizy for £1500 (which then falls apart on you) you don’t lose your £1500 PLUS the remaining battery rental?
I know what I’m talking about here is all a little way off yet, but it’ll probably be within the next 5 years at a guess…?