My Twizy just makes me smile.
I work in a school as a TA and find that most of the time when I’m not putting large things in for my Eco-club, the Twizy’s rear seat is fine for most things. My other half even does the 6 bag weekly shop, and gets a crowd round when she’s loading up!
My commute is only 4 hilly miles, but like the others, I’ve found that the battery consumption ranges between about 25% and 40% since I first started using it in the summer, and still using it now.
I have a keyring (dog tag) with “ICE, ICE EV” and the other side “Too cool for school”.
The windows are very personal. I like to have mine in for the bad weather, but able to put in and take out for the varied summer weather. I’ve bought via the French Twizy owner’s page (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKPKAT3g-5w) the clever deflector to block up the gap at the back of the door, which saves the passenger getting wet (they’re brilliant), however the driver stays dry regardless of whether the windows are in or not! I know this because I test drove mine on a drizzly February day and thought if I am OK driving it now, then it’ll be a doddle in good weather. I got mine from Matt at Go Green Autos in Oxfordshire. He delivered mine on his flatbed and you can ask him about delivery for you. https://www.gogreenautos.co.uk/ He was absolutely brilliant, and very patient with me. He only deals with EVs and seems to have a slightly sporadic supply, but you can sign up to be notified of new EVs.
As for driving in the winter… The rain does tend to get in (I have the original windows) and pool a little on the floor. I have a heated driver’s seat cover, but I have to be careful that the cigarette lighter plug doesn’t a) get trapped when I slide the seat and b) doesn’t get wet. I’ve ordered some metal car seat hooks to help secure my school bag behind the driver’s seat from slipping around.
I’ve ordered a full car cover for a Smart car in the hope it’s not too big, for when it’s too wet, icy or snowy to drive safely. That said, because the tyres are so thin, they slice through many puddles instead of pulling you over. AND you can whizz past oncoming vehicles on country roads knowing you’re tiny enough not to have to breathe in!
The brakes take some getting used to as they’re not ABS and you need to learn to apply them WELL in advance.
To be honest, I’ve got used to not having a sun visor (I have a cap “ICE, ICE EV”) instead, and no radio. It actually gives me time to think my own thoughts! You could hook up a little waterproof bluetooth speaker if the one you buy doesn’t have speakers installed/activated (not sure which, but my Colour doesn’t have any obvious means by which to listen to music).
Charging points are perhaps the other BIG issue. You will need a “granny cable” to convert the 3 pin plug to a type 1 or 2 socket, and they charge slowly. I’ve never charged up away from home so don’t know the ins and outs but the cables are around £160 without the additional issues of being charged for what little electricity you will actually use.
This will help when you need to open the front panel to change a bulb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEYHbYYwk88
The cold is another issue altogether. If you’re happy to keep Twizzing in the cold, and just rug up (and put a mat round the pedals to keep out the draught), then go for it.
You are also likely to need to pay for a battery contract. We argued our case and got ours down to £45 a month, which equates to a single fillup on a small ICE. Remember to increase your home electricity direct debit in line with the extra consumption!!
You will never have a simple journey. You will always be asked about the car, and to me it’s a great eco-conversation starter, and the kids are gob-smacked by the scissor doors (mine asked for photos for yr 6 memories).
It’s not a car for people who don’t like being noticed. However if you like the how Ecofriendly it is, love the unusual looks of the car and towards the car, and are happy for people to just drop jaws with a “what the …” or just make people, including yoursef smile, then GO FOR IT (but keep a car on ICE for the other journeys). Good luck xx