EU-LIVE takes on the Twizy with new EV mobility solution

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The European EU-LIVE consortium has revealed a new electrified mobility solution for the L5e category – a segment in-between two and four wheels with speeds of more than 50km/h.

A new electric mobility solution to tackle urban mobility

A new electric mobility solution to tackle urban mobility

The plug-in hybrid vehicle is equipped with two electric in-wheel motors (developed by Elaphe and Brembo) and a petrol internal combustion engine. Maximum zero-emissions speed is up to 70km/h (43mph) thanks to its 48V battery, supplied by Samsung SDI, while speeds beyond this (up to 130km/h (80mph)) initiate a Peugeot Scooter 31kW (41bhp) single cylinder petrol engine. Total range is slated as 300 kilometres (186 miles).

The vehicle also features a tilting mechanism and hydropneumatic suspension that enhance handling, according to the vehicle’s maker.

The tiny vehicle’s footprint of just 2.4 metres x 0.85 metres and rotating doors are said to aid ease of parking and free up road space.

Unlike Renault’s Twizy, the vehicle also has an enclosed and heated interior.

One of the EU-LIVE consortium’s main aims is to develop common powertrains that can be used for a variety of L-category vehicles in order to achieve economies of scale.

“This new electrified light vehicle allows an individual, safe and sustainable mobility thanks to its zero-emission mode,” said Carla Gohin, senior vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering.

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Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.