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Have Renault quietly scrapped the battery lease for Twizy?

Prices have jumped up for brand new Twizys with no mention of a battery lease anywhere.


Great if you can buy a Twizy in the UK

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I suspect RCI Finance aren’t motivated to chase anyone who doesn’t renew their lease now tbh. I can’t imagine them taking action against people for 5+ year old batteries.

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Check your leases and ensure that they have a battery reduction of 10% per year from V5C registration and not date of lease signature.
They have said that there will be a sell off in the coming months and no termination fees.

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It’s now the Twizy i
Other manufacturers use it to mean ‘included’ I guess.
No mention of lease on Renault website anymore, but all the vehicle options are back.

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@James, if you just stopped paying I wouldn’t be surprised if they would trash your credit rating though.

I expect these Twizys are the South Korean made ones?

@EVnBeyond, have Renault said they would sell off the batteries to owners? Do you have more details?

Thanks all

I wouldn’t advise stopping payments during a contract. I can’t imagine they’d chase people for a renewal though once the contract had expired. Just don’t sign a renewal.

There are people on the forum that have done just that and Renault never chase.

I didn’t sign the renewal so they put me on a one year contract without my approval.

heard other twizy owners had brought the battery from RCI but it seems they are paying the difference left on a 10 year battery lease without the breakdown cover leasers get.

fingers crossed we get our battery at 10 years :heart_eyes:

If the value drops by 10% per year, does that mean the battery is free at the 10 year point?!

Not if it drops by 10% of its current value :slight_smile: (as opposed to original value)

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I had some communication with RCI a few weeks back and their current line is still, no, you can’t buy a battery which is leased. However, for the first time ever, they actually told me that it will be possible soon.

No more detail than that I’m afraid.

Presumably though, using the value calculations on the existing contracts is the obvious way for them to avoid argument.

I have just bought a new one (UK) and yes the battery is included (No lease) and they are made and shipped over from S Korea. 6 month lead time mines coming September 2nd


I can confirm I brought my battery pack and claimed the VAT back as a business purchase £800 for a 2012 Twizy £133 back :slightly_smiling_face:

Oh believe me, they are chasing. The battery on mine is owned outright, I’ve only owned it a few months and they started phoning me and letters about lease fees. I have the certificate in my name, and they’ve left me alone now.

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Mine was leased and I bought it, just a couple of months ago, but it was a nightmare dealing with them!

Glad it is sorted now for you

I really really don’t want to jinx it.

But I haven’t had a payment taken since July and on my online account it’s showing as someone or some machine has very kindly made a £650 payment in August, now leaving me with a £0 balance…

Direct debit remains active and I’ve done nothing since I’ve bought the car to engage with Renault…

Fingers crossed!!

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this seems to be theme with RCI :rofl:

Oddly regarding a Renault Zoe that I recently bought which is battery lease, I asked RCI about the battery lease (the previous owner had stopped paying and so I didnt sign any lease paperwork), RCI came back and said the vehicle does not require a battery lease… it is a 2013, surely RCI didnt just write off old leases?

Perhaps ones which have been unpaid so long and over x years old they write off?

The previous owner forwarded me an rci email from June that talks about restarting the lease for the vehicle, then I have an email from last week stating that no lease is required…


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its possible , I remember the countless emails and letters from RCI about the Twizy battery which they would never sell to the owner of car :sweat_smile:

now they do :grin:

we also tried to buy the Zoe battery but they also refused with the same story, but they haven’t taken the DD for more than two years, they wrote in December last year to setup another dormant DD.

obviously the battery rental model doesn’t work after the first owner of the car sells the car on :grinning: