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Friday, March 11, 2016

Zip around in Renault Twizy in Putrajaya

When I got down from bus in  Putrajaya, Malaysia's administrative centre first thing that caught my attention was the line of these cute little cars.

These are Renault Twizy, two seater electric cars. At first look I didn't know their purpose- some private owners have parked them or are they there for promotion or something else. A quick look around confirmed me that these are for rent. Self drive rent. One can rent them and zip around the town.

Tourists visiting Putrajaya can zip around in these zero pollution electric vehicles for a small fee.

So I went inside and asked for rental details- a short ride- one round around the big circle in front of PMO costs 15 MYR. Indians can drive cars in Malaysia with their Indian driving license (short term only), so with my passport and driving license, I was eligible to rent and drive these cute cars. I was asked to give 50 MYR, out of which 35 MYR will be treated as deposit and will be returned after car is handed over.

Renault Twizy is designed for two people- second person can fit in with some difficulty. Doors open fashionably upwards and the car is reasonably peppy for light joy rides.

Run by a company named Comos [details], there are other rental options available- such as 20 min-40 MYR and 1 hour, 100 MYR. (I can rent an Audi Q3 in India for that price, but yes, it is not a fair comparison as country is different) That was little expensive for me, so I didn't opt for it.
Operations are pretty simple. You should put in D mode and keep driving.
The few moments I got to spend inside this cute Twizy was totally worth it. Ecoride is available in Melaka and few other parts of Malaysia. You can try them instead of hiring a cab.

Similar: Electric car Mahindra E2O review *  Seri Wawasan brige, Putrajaya

5 comments :

Rajiv said...

Waah! This looks really interesting. Good to know that it is available in Melaka as well. I guess we will be trying it there.

Cheers,
Rajiv

Sarika said...

Thanks for this interesting post. I love Malaysia and had earlier rented scooter for commuting in places like Langkawi. These electric cars look like a far better option. I wish our country also learns from countries like Malaysia.

Agn! Sharman said...

That's an awesome piece of information. Will try it next when in Malaysia.
( luckily I got friends who lend thier car for free to drive around and within cities)

Agn! Sharman said...

That's an awesome piece of information. Will try it next when in Malaysia.
( luckily I got friends who lend thier car for free to drive around and within cities)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Agni- yes, do try. It is fun, eco friendly

@Sarika- yes, any day better than two wheeler

@Rajiv- Best wishes. have nice trip