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Could this Renault push motorcycle COEs beyond $10,000?

Could this Renault push motorcycle COEs beyond $10,000?


Who says you have to buy a Lambo to have scissor doors? (Credit: CarBuyer 221)

By Leow Ju-Len | CarBuyer Singapore – Fri, Mar 28, 2014


SINGAPORE — At first glance Renault’s Twizy is high on ‘Awwww’ factor. The electric vehicle’s styling makes it look like a Pokemon character, and it is so tiny that three of them could fit into a normal car’s parking space.

With small size comes small performance, however. The Twizy’s weedy 17-horsepower motor hustles it to a top speed of just 80km/h, and there is room for only two people in the narrow cabin.

It has neither proper windows nor air-conditioning.

And on home ground the Twizy is classified as a ‘quadricycle’ instead of a car, which allows it to bypass various regulations about things like lighting and safety equipment.

Yet, 11,000 Twizys have already been sold around the world, and Renault thinks it could be an important feature of Singapore’s traffic landscape.


Eventually you get to 80km/h. (Credit: CarBuyer 221)

In some new towns there is still a ‘first mile/last mile’ for people to walk, even if there is an MRT or LRT station serving the area, says Arnaud Mourgue, an operations manager for Renault’s Southeast Asia office. That is one example of a mobility gap the Twizy could fill.

Punggol is one such area, he says. “You don’t have a big supermarket there. Inhabitants there first have to take the LRT to the closest MRT station, and then travel to a supermarket. You can imagine for all the families there, (the Twizy) would enable them to be able to shop more freely, and at an affordable price,” says Mr Mourgue.

How affordable? That depends on how you look at the vehicle.

The Twizy, for all intents and purposes, is a car; it has four wheels and a steering wheel, and essentially you drive it like any normal Renault.


Steering wheel? Check. Two pedals? Check. Chairs with seatbelts? Check. Must be a bike, then... (Credit: CarBuyer …

But if it were taxed like a car and required a Category A COE (or Certificate Of Entitlement) for registration, that would push its price past $90,000 — far too much for something so basic and slow.

Instead, Renault would like to see it used in a car-sharing scheme. You get off the MRT, pick up a Twizy, drive home to your block and leave it there. Someone else does the opposite trip.

The car has a range of 100km, and can be topped up at any normal three-point power outlet in three-and-a-half hours.

Mr Mourgue says it would require a fleet of roughly 200 Twizys to provide meaningful coverage and ensure that one of them is never far away from a potential user.

Another way to make the vehicle viable would be to have it classified as a motorcycle.

Renault dealer Wearnes Automotive has proposed this to the Land Transport Authority, and says that the Twizy would cost around $25,000 with COE if it could be taxed like a bike.

The catch is, it doesn’t handle like one. Even the smallest motorcycles have better acceleration and a higher top speed, and they can weave through traffic to keep from getting stuck in jams. Unlike the Twizy, which is slim but not that slim.


Not as convenient as a bike, but much better to have a crash in (Credit: CarBuyer 221)

It’s also easy to imagine a wave of Twizy buyers competing with motorcycle riders for COEs, pushing the price of a Category D certificate from today’s $4,289 to $10,000 and beyond.

That said, there is probably a natural upper limit to how much a Twizy could cost before a small, used hatchback looks like a much better alternative. $30,000 with COE is the tipover point, says a senior Wearnes insider.

The Twizy is not meant to be a motorcycle anyway, says Christophe Di-Perna, the territory director for the Asia Pacific region at Renault.

He points out that in Europe you need a driving licence (for a car) to operate a Twizy, and that while it is safer than a motorcycle, it does not offer the same maneuverability.

“A bike is a bike. You can cruise in between the cars, but that requires some attention and vigilance,” says Mr Di-Perna, himself a motorcyclist.

His wish is for some sort of COE concession for the Twizy, given the vehicle’s small size. “Maybe Category A with a very strong discount, based on the car’s footprint?” he says. “I’ll leave that to the LTA.”

And it is the LTA, above all, who will decide on the fate of the Twizy here. It’s a quiet, clean vehicle that takes up little room when parked, but to price it like a car would be to doom it.

Some sort of new categorisation would give it a chance, and pave the way for similar vehicles to be sold here, like Honda’s MC-beta.

“Sometimes regulations have to change to adjust to the way technology is evolving,” says Mr Di-Perna.

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Re: Could this Renault push motorcycle COEs beyond $10,000?

Err... Car may be too small for me.

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Re: Could this Renault push motorcycle COEs beyond $10,000?

wah? will look very scary when a big tipper is beside....

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Re: Could this Renault push motorcycle COEs beyond $10,000?

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wah? will look very scary when a big tipper is beside....

Yeah man, and it's also possible that the tipper truck might not notice your vehicle. Too small already.

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Yeah man, and it's also possible that the tipper truck might not notice your vehicle. Too small already.
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Hold-up for Twizy as LTA seeks further details

Hold-up for Twizy as LTA seeks further details


The Twizy is classified as a quadricycle in countries that have them on their roads such as Italy and Germany. PHOTO: RENAULT

New two-seater electric vehicle does not fit into any current vehicle classification: Authority

By
Alfred Chua
Published: June 11, 4:04 AM
Updated: June 11, 4:05 AM


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.

The Twizy, a four-wheel vehicle weighing 450kg, does not meet the requirements to be classified as a motorcycle here. Current regulations state that motorcycles need to have fewer than four wheels and must weigh below 400kg.

Responding to queries, the distributor’s spokesperson said its application categorised the Twizy as a car. She added that it “was understandable that the LTA might be taking a while, but we are open to working with the authorities in reviewing the duties and taxes applicable.”

Meanwhile, transport experts TODAY spoke to said that while such vehicles might be the way forward in green transport, the LTA will need to manage vehicle population numbers.

Said Mr Tham Chen Munn, a traffic consultant: “Demographically, families are getting smaller and these vehicles are more appropriate.”

Associate professor Michael Li, a transport economist, warned that the LTA would have the tricky task of balancing the eco-friendliness of these vehicles with the management of vehicle population growth.

And if the trend of such vehicles catches on, the authorities here might need to play catch up.

Mr Tham added: “As this new form of transport becomes more popular, the LTA would have to work pretty fast in approving this vehicle type for usage in order to keep abreast with (the other countries).”

Source: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore...urther-details

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