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post #43 of (permalink) Old 6th June 2012
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Re: Renault ''Twizy''

This thread has rather drifted off topic somewhat. In an attempt to steer it back on course then I will agree that everyone has their own preference and if it suits you then so be it. I wonder if it is a fad that will soon pass.

I cannot see any future for wholly electric vehicles despite the pressure that governments place on manufacturers and which they in turn place on us. Battery technology is simply not sufficiently advanced, and is not moving forward at a rate needed to save them, IMHO

Batteries simply do not have the range, take too long to charge and are too heavy for the vehicles to have a sufficiently wide appeal to be commercially sustainable. There is still no battery that can accept the constant charge and discharge cycle that these vehicles will demand combined with a long lifespan. Nobody even knows for sure how long the batteries will last, which is one of the reasons you don't buy them with the vehicle but lease them. Their cost is another. From 48 a month to lease, Renault are keeping very quiet about their replacement cost but if as some commentators suggest they begin to fail after only 18 months then they are going to have a large write off on their hands. How long will they sustain such losses?

OK, a few will get sold at the get go. As Twizyowner has demonstrated an electric vehicle does the job for him, but will a self renewable market develop? I very much doubt it. I get the distinct impression that in a few years time these things will end up on ebay with the same image as a Sinclair C5.

What will explode on to the market in the next two or three years is the plug in Hybrid. A vehicle capable of travelling commuter distances on electric power alone, with the comfort and practicality of a full sized vehicle and the range and instant refuelability of a petrol or diesel tank.

Who knows, one day there may even be a plug in Hybrid XJR?

I have read a lot of articles about the twizy, this was one of the best.

They all seem to reach the same conclusions though, the one which surely would be most concerning to all EV manufacturers would be their "impracticality in towns and cities". That must be very concerning.
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