14-year-old French Teens Can Drive the Renault Twizy

by Shane McGlaun
14-year-old French Teens Can Drive the Renault Twizyzoom in

It doesn’t matter what country you live in, all teens are ready to gain some freedom when it comes time to get a drivers license. In the states, you have to be at least 16 to get on the roads. Changes in laws in Europe have made it possible for French teens as young as 14 to get behind the wheel of certain vehicles.

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That is assuming the teen has a road safety certificate (and apparently has awful fashion sense) and parents with the loot to buy them a car that falls into the light-motorized quadricycles category. Previously you had to be 16 to operate a vehicle of this sort on public roadways. One of the cars that qualifies is this funky Renault Twizy 45 EV.

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It has a scant 5hp electric motor and a battery pack good for 60 miles per charge at a top speed of 28mph. You won’t get anywhere fast in this thing, but you will get there. It takes 3.5 hours using a standard outlet to recharge the batteries fully. Renault sees this car as a safer and more comfortable alternative to a scooter. The Twizy 45 will hold two people in tandem fashion, as you would ride a scooter.

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