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The Twike is a convertible car in the loosest possible sense and yet it provides an excellent low carbon alternative vehicle. It has three wheels, pedals and an electric motor. The car is controlled by a joystick giving you complete fingertip control of steering, acceleration, turn signals, and brakes, all in one hand.

While it may be a low carbon method of transport it is not cheap. The batteries have a high cost and limited life while the Twike itself is costly considering its simplistic layout. Compare it to a traditional car however and the running costs are far lower and thanks to the low weight, with the highest capacity batteries plus a little peddle power it can have a range of well over 200 miles.

With a simple tubular frame and plastic bodywork, both city traffic and the 53 mph top speed will be only for the brave.

The Twike comes in two versions, the Easy which has just electric battery power and the Active which also has pedals to assist propulsion and save the batteries. Prices listed do not include batteries which when added, could add up to a total that would cover the purchase of a luxury car.

Twike Details

Production dates 1996-current
Luggage capacity 250 litres / 8.83 cu ft

Twike Active

Twike Active Specifications

Fuel type Electric Cars
Engine type Electric
Engine capacity Electric motor + pedals cc
Power 4 bhp
Transmission type 5-spd manual
Kerb weight 450 kg / 992 lb
UK retail price from £19,495 + batteries

Twike Active Performance

Max speed (manual) 53 mph / 85 kph

Twike Active Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 250-500 equivalent mpg
Range 30-210 mile range

Twike Easy

The Twike Easy which has just electric battery power with no pedal assistance.

Twike Easy Specifications

Fuel type Electric Cars
Engine type Electric
Engine capacity Electric motor cc
Power 4 bhp
Kerb weight 450 kg / 992 lb
UK retail price from £11,990 + batteries

Twike Easy Performance

Max speed (manual) 53 mph / 85 kph

Twike Easy Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 250-500 equivalent mpg
Range 30-210 mile range

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