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Electric cars have some clear benefits over combustion-engined equivalents--zero local emissions, inexpensive "refuelling", luxury-car levels of refinement from silent powertrains--there's a lot to like.
But what about pushing the boundaries of engineering? Freed from the constraints of the regimented shape of an engine, transmission and related ancillaries, engineers are free to explore other avenues in transport.
One of those avenues was taken by French carmaker Renault, when it designed the Twizy. We'll be driving a production Twizy over the next couple of days, so this is your opportunity to ask us questions about one of the most unusual electric cars yet.
Of course, there are no plans to launch the Twizy in the U.S, though we have seen it as a rebadged Nissan concept. However, it's so much of a departure from what we expect from a car, that the concept has intrigued us ever since the first concept was released.
In Europe, two variants will go on sale, one with 17 horsepower and a top speed of 50 mph, and another with a top speed of only 28 mph--essentially a neigborhood electric vehicle (NEV), designed for European countries where drivers of 14-15 years old can use low-powered vehicles without a license.
The tandem-seat Twizy is designed exclusively as a city vehicle, with a 60-mile range, very little equipment and only half-doors. However, it'll also be one of the cheapest electric cars on sale in Europe, starting from around $10,600, with $70 per month battery rental.
So what would you like to know about Renault's electric baby? Leave your questions in the comments section below, and we'll do our best to answer them.