Nissan's Twizy Urban Electric Car Tour's Japan's Vacation Spots

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Nissan New Mobility Concept (Twizy) on the island of Teshima, Japan (Image: Nissan EV on Facebook)

Nissan New Mobility Concept (Twizy) on the island of Teshima, Japan (Image: Nissan EV on Facebook)

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When we first drove Renault's tiny Twizy electric car on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza, we got the impression it'd be at its best in some of Europe's warmer climates.

In fact, it could be the ideal vacation island rental car. Simple to operate, economical to use, that wind-in-your-hair feeling... bliss.

Someone in Japan obviously agrees, as you can now rent the Nissan New Mobility Concept--a rebadged Twizy--on the Japanese island of Teshima, in the Kagawa Prefecture.

The island is only 11 miles in circumference, and its main road a mere 6.2 miles. Even with some of the island's steep slopes, that's small enough that the New Mobility Concept's range of 40-50 miles should be sufficient for several circumnavigations of Teshima.

You have to come back down those slopes anyway, meaning plenty of opportunities for braking regeneration, but a couple of charging points mean those with truly terrible range anxiety can still suppress their angst.

As explained on Nissan's Japanese blog, the Twizys (Twizies?) provide a more relaxed alternative to the bicycle rental scheme on the island, allowing visitors to reach the Teshima Art Museum on one of the island's higher points. It's also ideal for some of the island's very narrow roads.

It all seems rather utopian--a tiny secluded island, a museum of modern art and beautiful scenery, and a fun, unthreatening electric car from which to appreciate it.

A full day's rental is 8,400 Yen, or around $87 at current exchange rates. Interested? You can find the rental page here.


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Comments (7)
  1. This is what makes EVs look bad………

  2. Golf cart. (Or is that too condescending?)

  3. Yes and not real smart either.

    Such an EV could do 85-90% of US car trips at 25% of the cost of a gas one.

    It does around 50mph IIRC with decent range and swappable battery so unlimited range.

    And in rental service the profits are much higher as service, fuel is so much less. It likely gets 300mpg equivalent. And few parts to service, replace.

    And in the US with battery pack could be made for under $12k. I'm not fond of leasing battery packs as costs more.

    Fact is if trend continues on oil pricing in 10 yrs oil will cost too much to burn anyway. And anyone buying a gas car will have to buy increasingly expensive gas.

    Or go electric now and like the Leaf, pays for itself completely just in gas savings over 5-7 yrs at 30 miles/day

  4. It's this kind of open-minded re-thinking that society as a whole needs to get out of the trance and programming of the past.

  5. And you'll die if you get in a crash while driving one. That's not too smart either. (But you'd be dead.)

  6. It's safer as a scooter anyway and while not as strong as a Smart car (which is surprisingly safe), it had its share of crash-test done with satisfactory results, it seems.

  7. I'd suggest that says more about your behavior behind the wheel than it does the safety of the vehicle.

    Not once have I climbed into a car - be it urban minicar like the Twizy, regular vehicle or a classic car with zero modern safety systems (or indeed effective brakes) - and thought "what happens if I crash?"

    You simply drive accordingly - as you would on a bicycle or motorcycle. I daresay it might make people better drivers if they feel less impervious to the world outside.

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