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The Renault Twizy is a small electric city car which is ideal for personal transportation in an urban environment, and will be available to drive without the need for a license – overseas in the UK.
The small car is a few inches shorter than a Smart Fortwo, which means that it is actually classified by the UK government as a small quadricycle, rather than a full size car. This means that any person who is 16 years old an up will be able to pilot the Twizy without a license, a novel idea which may help this car sell much better. This stipulation as it stands is only available to Twizy owners in the UK, and will probably not spread to other countries.
The government is still ironing out the details for licensing on the Twizy. “There are still details to be finalised by the government, and there will be a basic practical and theory test involved,” says Andy Heiron, head of EV programme at Renault UK.
The only large issue that still remains is insurance, as an unlicensed 16 year old is generally not regarded as the safest of drivers and will therefore pay a large amount to insure the vehicle.
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