I will purchase the next version of Twizy if it has at least three of these four:
- At least 100 km (62 miles) real-world minimum range, as in worst-case
- Purchasable battery; be it after 3 year lease contract ends or without contract at all
- Not more expensive due to increased range and capabilities
- Not be bigger: it is way easier to park a Twizy in a small parking spot than a regular car and I like that. Also fitting between two poles between poles on the road only bicycles can pass is nice.
Radio, lockable doors and heating would be nice, but not necessary for me. I wouldn’t pay extra for it, but if it comes standard, I won’t complain.
Lockable doors especially, I don’t know about you, but I reason that with aftermarket windows, it is nigh impossible to know how to open the Twizy without knowledge. There’s no door handle at the outside!
Maximum speed increase… I’m indifferent about it. It would be nice, but it severely reduces range, so I’d have to say, at least 100 km (62 miles) range at 80 km/h (50 mph).
But from a legal stance we might have some problems here.
The Twizy drives at 13 kW maximum power, and the legal limit for something to still be considered a quadricycle, is 15 kW maximum power – at least in Belgium.
So yeah, you could increase the power legally, but not by much.
For the battery increase, it’s not such a problem. The maximum weight – again, referencing Belgian law – of the vehicle is 450 kg, but without battery. With battery the Twizy weights 487 kg. Minus the 100 kg battery we get 387 kg.
We have some margin to increase the vehicle’s weight, but since it does not include battery, it really doesn’t matter that much.
That said, since more batteries mean heavier vehicle, the amount of kW power should also be higher; even just to match the current perceived power output.
Any ideas how to work on these limits; and please tell, are the limits in your country different?