Little car, little car-sharing program – for now.

Next week, Renault will start testing a car-sharing program in France with the automaker's Twizy urban electric vehicles, HybridCars reports. The program, called Twizy Way, will take place in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, about 20 miles southwest of Paris, where about 200 people will be allowed to sign up for access to Twizy EVs. The trial period will run through September, after which the service will be open to the public.

Renault started selling the Twizy EV in France in March and debut sales of the model in the UK in April. The Twizy is 92 inches long, or about a foot shorter than the Smart Fortwo. The 17-horsepower Twizy tops out at 50 miles per hour.
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Twizy Way by Renault: an innovative shared electric mobility service

June 11, 2012

Renault is preparing a full-scale test of an innovative sustainable mobility service accessible to all: Twizy Way by Renault. Starting on 21st June, Renault Twizy will provide an all-new car-sharing solution within the urban community (Communauté d'Agglomération) of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France).

Renault is launching Twizy Way by Renault, a simple, eco-friendly shared urban mobility solution.

Starting on 21st June 2012, 50 a fleet of 50 Renault Twizys will flood the streets of the urban community of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Some 200 testers will enjoy the use of a self-service car-sharing facility, with or without reservation, for urban and suburban journeys.

Twizy Way by Renault is scheduled to open to the public after the testing phase, in September 2012.

An innovative, simple and practical service

A complementary solution to public transport, Twizy Way by Renault is a simple, eco-friendly, practical and completely novel car-sharing service that provides a new way to get around town.

Twizy Way by Renault offers complete freedom: users take the closest Twizy to their home, use it for as long as they need and park it on any car park located within the test area.

They can instantly find out where the nearest available Renault Twizy is parked in real-time using a smartphone application, the web. Using a Renault Twizy could not be simpler.

Users can scan the QR code* on the vehicle if they have no reservation, or reserve their desired Twizy no more than 15 minutes before using it (via the web, hotline or smartphone). With Twizy Way by Renault, anything is possible and everything simple.

100% Electric, Renault Twizy is a playful vehicle particularly suited to the new urban mobilities, with an easy handling and a minimum dimensions. The road behavior of Renault Twizy is very reassuring with its four wheels equipped with disk brakes. The passive safety is not in rest with a conductive airbag and safety belts 4 points in front and 3 points behind.

With Twizy Way by Renault, Renault confirms its status as an innovative manufacturer by launching a new, practical, eco-friendly, alternative urban mobility solution intended to appeal to the mass market.

* Printed on a label, the QR Code is a 2 dimensions bar code which may be deciphered from a mobile phone equipped with a camera. It sends back towards a dedicated Web application.

A full-scale test

The Twizy Way by Renault experiment is set to begin on 21st June 2012 In partnership with the urban community of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (CASQY). To start with and until the end of September, Renault will offer some 200 testers the chance to try out this unprecedented service.

The fleet of 50 Renault Twizys will be distributed over a pilot area covering around 27km2. There are no fixed stations: the users will take the vehicles wherever they find them and leave them in any car park within the test area.

Twizy Way by Renault is a private service in the public interest: its operation (maintenance, recharging of vehicles, etc.) will be managed by Renault. The municipalities of the pilot area (Montigny-le-Bretonneux, Guyancourt, Voisins-le-Bretonneux, a part of Trappes) grant the authorizations for using the public domain and, with CASQY, participate in the promotion of the service.

"With this practical test, Renault wishes to confirm that Twizy is particularly well-suited to car-sharing schemes and verify the logistics required to offer this self-service solution", says Thierry Viadieu, Director of Renault's New Mobility Programme.

This service is scheduled to be opened to the public at the end of September 2012.