Just had an interesting chat with Renault Customer Services regarding the ever-marching switchover to Type 2 public recharge points (and the loss of BS1363 availability), meaning Twizy owners marginalised and relegated to home and ‘alternative’ charging sites - usually unlisted on the charge-your-car type websites.
It seems the Twizy designer was brought into the debate, and appreciates things have changed rapidly in recent months. The bad news is existing UK MK 1 Twizy’s are stuck with the existing BS1363 captive lead, and this will not change, there are no plans for a retro-fit Type 2 coiled lead or an official adaptor. A MK 2 version, however may move to the system used with the Zoe (female Type 2 socket). The user could then choose from a standard Type 2 lead or opt for a country specific lead - for example, in the UK this would be a BS1363 to Type 2. That’s the roadmap, but there was no suggestions as to what UK Twizy drivers could do n the meantime.
As I see it, there are a few of options - one aided by the current EST grant for the installation of a free home recharge point:
(A) Remove the existing BS1363 plug and replace it with a Type 2. This would still use the existing blue coiled cable and fit within the front charging bay for travelling. This would be relatively cheap, with £70 or so for the replacement plug.
(B) Remove the existing captive lead in its entirety, replacing this with a Type 2 socket, wired directly to the charger (in the same way the Zoe does). The downside here is cost, as you will have to purchase a chassis-mounted socket, plus two Type 2 plugs (one male, the other female) to create a charging lead. This could use the original coiled blue mains cable, minus the retaining elastic cord. However, this would need to be carried in the boot, not in the front compartment as there is not much space and the 2 x Type 2 plugs would be taking up the available space. Further, if you drove off without your link cable you would be stranded, but as Zoe users would be in the same boat, you’d need to be vigilant.
© Keep everything as-is. Create a link cable/adaptor - this would have a Type 2 plug you connect to a public recharging point leading to trailing BS1363 socket (which the Twizy would plug into as normal). The only addition would be some device to protect the plug/socket from being interfered with. I device I spotted from a German manufacturer fits the bill (see photo). It cannot be locked, but offers protection from the rain and conceals the electrics.
I’n going to try the © route first, and will advise how it is working in practice.