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PHOTO CAPTION: Renault Twizy electric urban runabout: now legal for teenagers to drive in France.

France Permits 14 Year-Olds to Drive Twizy EV

Having built 15,000 of the light urban runabouts, new European regulations now allow Renault to sell them to French families with teenagers.

Published: 01-Apr-2015

Now classified as a 'quadracycle' under European Union regulations, it is now legal for teenagers as young as 14 years of age and who hold a road safety certificate to drive the Renault Twizy electric runabout. Previously, teens were restricted to operating mopeds.

The two passenger Twizy is powered by a 13-horsepower (9.6kW) electric motor giving it a top speed of 50 mph. It's lithium-ion batteries give it a maximum range of 60 miles (100 km). Additionally, unlike mopeds, the $7,600 electric car comes equipped with airbags, seat belts, headlights, and turn signals.

Because 'quadracycles' under EU regulations are restricted to a top speed of 28 mph and a 4kWh battery pack, with the curb weight not to exceed 770 pounds, Renault is planning to offer a scaled-down version tailored for the new teenager market."

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