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Hold-Up For Twizy As LTA Seeks Further Details

SINGAPORE: Drivers hoping to own a new type of small electric vehicle that blurs the line between cars and motorcycles may have to wait a little longer.

That is because the Renault Twizy, a two-seater electric vehicle, does not fit into any current vehicle classification, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said yesterday.

In a statement to TODAY, the LTA said initial evaluation showed the vehicle does not fall within the classification for motorcycles that Renault had applied for. It added: “We have asked for more information from Renault Singapore before we can confirm if the Twizy can be approved for use as a vehicle on our roads.”

More than two months ago, Renault revealed plans to introduce the Twizy to local roads, pitching it as an easy mobility solution to reduce traffic congestion.

A spokesperson from Wearnes Automotive, the retailer and distributor of Renault here, told TODAY the vehicle is a hybrid of a car and a bike and will likely be priced at around S$20,000.

A two-seater, two-door plug-in electric vehicle with no air-conditioning or proper windows, the Twizy is classified as a quadricycle in countries that have them on their roads such as Italy and Germany.

The vehicle has a top speed of 80kph and features a 17-horsepower engine — about 10 times less powerful than the average car.
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