Renault recently announced a two-seater electric car -- along the lines of the SmartCar -- called the Twizy and priced at only $9,700. The Twizy may be heralding a new chapter in automobile history. While critics point to the fact that electric cars are not "clean energy" when the electricity they use is from coal or other fossil fuel, they miss the point that electric cars get us off oil and can potentially be as green as emerging renewable sources of energy.
Billed as appealing to "busy, car-owning city dwellers looking for a second vehicle, as well as to younger drivers interested in a safe way to gain experience in traffic", this car is not for your typical Ford F150 owner. But the combination of all-electric and low price with European safety standards may be a glimpse into a future of personal mobility with fewer trade-offs between price, performance, and sustainability.
The Twizy goes on sale in 2012.