Renault plans to roll out Twizy two-seater electric car

Written by Yogima Seth | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 5 2010, 07:01am hrs
In an effort to cash on the growing popularity of electric cars in India, Renault is planning to launch two-seater Twizy electric in India beyond its global launch in 2012. Even General Motors India has tied up with Reva to launch the electric variant of Spark towards the end of this year and Hyundai Motor India, which is the countrys second largest passenger car manufacturer, will be showcasing the electric version of i10 on Tuesday.

We had showcased four vehicles on the zero-emission platform in Europe in November and the company expects to launch the Twizy in 2012 in global markets like Israel and France where governments are offering incentives in the form of tax incentives and huge investments in infrastructure, Ashish Sinharoy, vice president (corporate communication) said, adding that Indian market is also on the companys radar after the global launch but there needs to be cooperation from the Central and the state governments.

According to Sinharoy, it is expected that 5% of total passenger car market, pegged at 60-65 million units, will be constituted by electric vehicles by 2020 and as a result the company will enhance its global production capacity for the same from 50,000 units a year in 2012 to nearly 5,00,000 units by 2015. Nissan has developed Fluence (a family saloon), Kangoo (a compact utility vehicle) Zoe (a compact saloon) and Twizy at an investment of $4 euro. This includes the joint development of lithium-ion batteries with a life span of five years, which will be manufactured at the companys Portugal plant, in collaboration with Nissan. Renault has already started the commercial production of the conventional fuel variants of Fluence and Kangoo in Europe.