Renault Twizy EV - A Dream Come True for 14-Year-Olds in Europe

Written By: Assen Gueorguiev

Renault Twizy

Most of us remember our teenage years...those times when we wanted to grow fast so we can get our first car and feel like grown-ups. Some of us begged our parents for a quick drive around the block, while others patiently waited for their 16th birthday. And very few may have stolen the car keys. Don't worry though, we won't tell. 

If you live in certain parts of Europe, the "laws of physics" have just changed. A few countries have gone forward with a new European Union directive that allows teenagers as young as 14 to drive certain vehicles. The pioneers for now are France, Finland, Germany, Italy and Austria. Of course each country requires a certain license/certificate from the teenagers, but that won't stop those that have the desire. 

The Renault Twizy currently comes in two trims. The standard more powerful one is still reserved for those 16+, while the Twizy 45 is for the 14+ youngsters. 

Here are some of its key specs (Twizy 45):

  • All-Electric with 6.1 kWh lithium-ion pack

  • Range on 1 charge - about 60 miles

  • Charging time - about 3 hrs on a home 220 Volt outlet

  • 4 wheels and 2 seats

  • Max speed at 45 km/h (28 mph)

  • Only 5 horses

  • Safety - airbag, disk brakes, double seat-belts and a protective cell

  • Around €7,000 ($7700), not including a monthly battery lease fee on top of €50. 

So how's all of this possible you wonder?

The vehicle is classified as a light quadricycle, which the new European directive includes. It's also considered safer than 2 wheel scooters due to the added safety features. The technical limitations prevent it from becoming a dangerous joy ride, even though when teenagers are involved we all know...where there's will, there's a way. 

And how will this save the planet?

To some it may seem like a drop in the Ocean, but it can actually have a better long term effect than you may think. Even if some European countries don't adopt this directive and it stays within the continent, it will help educate the young generation in many ways. Once they get a taste of how clean, efficient and fun electric cars are to drive, there's an increased chance in a few years they'll get another plug-in. By then, they'll know how to care for it, how to charge it and how to "fit" the possible range limitations with their day-to-day activities. 

What are your thoughts on this? Is this something that one day most countries should adopt, or do you think encouraging more teenagers to jump on the road is just a recipe for disaster?