Renault unveils all-electric Twizy Cargo

The 17-horsepower Twizy Cargo can carry up to 165 pounds.

Renault has introduced the all-electric Twizy Cargo, the smallest member of its commercial vehicle lineup. The Twizy Cargo is scheduled to greet the public for the first time at next September's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Stretching 92 inches long, 57 inches high and just 46 inches wide, the Twizy Cargo differs from the regular Twizy because the rear seat has been replaced by a locking 6.3-cubic feet storage compartment that can handle up to 165 pounds. The van obviously has a limited use, but Renault says that it makes an ideal vehicle for IT support technicians or food delivery companies.

Designed as the most basic form of four-wheeled transportation, the single-seater Twizy Cargo offers a Spartan interior that does feature an ashtray, a rearview mirror or a radio. Tech-minded buyers can order the vehicle with Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port.

The Twizy Cargo is powered by a rear-mounted electric motor that churns out 17 horsepower and 42 lb-ft. of torque. It gets electricity from a lithium-ion battery pack mounted under the passenger compartment.

Tipping the scale at 1,042 pounds, the Twizy has a top speed of 56 mph and a maximum range of roughly 60 miles in ideal driving conditions. It takes three and a half hours to fully recharge on a standard, European-spec 220-volt domestic socket.

The car will go on sale in the United Kingdom next month with a base price of £7,795 (about $12,000) and it qualifies for all of the tax incentives that apply to commercial vans and electric vehicles. Its main options include half doors, full doors and a full vehicle wrap. As is the case with all other members of Renault's EV lineup, the Twizy's battery pack must be rented from Renault for about $60 a month.

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