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4 wheel "scooter" - what license is needed?

Hi guys,

I've been looking at the Renault Twizy ( http://www.renault.co.uk/Cars/model/twizy/explore.aspx ), a two seat four wheel electric vehicule that isn't a car but isn't a scooter either. I don't have a driver's license of any kind, and was wondering which one would be required for this vehicle? Thanks in advance for your wisdom!
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Re: 4 wheel "scooter" - what license is needed?

Would the Swiss consider it a car or a quad? That is the question.

If it is a quad, you can drive it with a car license (category B) or a motorcycle license (cat A - power higher than 11kW or cat A1 - up to 125 cm3 and 11kW).

In any event, in CH you will need some sort of license.
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Re: 4 wheel "scooter" - what license is needed?

I think it's sold as an electric car.

If in doubt ask Sir Clive Sinclair - he invented one better than explosives.
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Re: 4 wheel "scooter" - what license is needed?

Thanks, it's a 13kW model so looks like a motorcycle license. The French model has a version that won't go over 45km/h so that'd count as a moped I guess, but that's a bit slow. Wow the price of accessories can be high! The doors are 800CHF!
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Re: 4 wheel "scooter" - what license is needed?

Just to add some further accurate information, I spent some time on the Vaud Service des Automobiles & Navigation site (which I should have done in the first place instead of wasting your precious time) and there's a B1 license for quadricycle & heavy tricycle vehicules up to 550Kg, so that would be the minimum one to get. May as well go for the full B license though as they seem to be practically the same steps to acquire.
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Re: 4 wheel "scooter" - what license is needed?

How about calling Renault and asking themself? Toll-free number is 0800-808077 8am-7pm Mon-Fri.
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Re: 4 wheel "scooter" - what license is needed?

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2 versions available


The version of Renault Twizy which requires a driver's licence is powered by a 15kW (20hp) motor, while the version that doesn't require a licence (depending on country) comes with a 4kW (5hp) motor. The 7kWh lithium-ion battery is located underneath the front seat.

Source: Renault.com


I would read the info on this link (if you haven't already) - it appears you have to lease the battery on a monthly basis, with limited KM.
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Re: 4 wheel "scooter" - what license is needed?

Swiss prices. Model Urban 9600.–
Range (ECE-15) 100 km, Top speed 80 km/h, Charge time 3.5 h, Battery capacity 6.1 kWh

km/year........... 7500 km 10000 km 12500 km 15000 km
contract
12 months........... 71.–...... 76.–...... 81.–...... 86.–
24 months........... 65.–...... 70.–...... 75.–...... 80.–
36 months or more 59.–...... 64.–...... 69.–...... 74.–

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Re: 4 wheel "scooter" - what license is needed?

Must be the one on this link:

http://www.renault.ch/de/renault-mod...e/twizy/twizy/
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Re: 4 wheel "scooter" - what license is needed?

I sincerely hope you'd need a proper driving licence to drive any motorised vehicle on the roads
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Re: 4 wheel "scooter" - what license is needed?

Don't worry I've read the whole site and the French one too to compare prices. I don't mind renting the battery, I was thinking of a 4 year leasing anyway.

Odile of course you do for all motorised vehicules, except maybe electric bicycles. The 45km/h model is license free in France as I understand it, pitched at young drivers and those who've lost their license for various reasons. In Switzerland I doubt a moped license would be enough, hence the lack of 45 model over here.
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Re: 4 wheel "scooter" - what license is needed?

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Don't worry I've read the whole site and the French one too to compare prices. I don't mind renting the battery, I was thinking of a 4 year leasing anyway.

Odile of course you do for all motorised vehicules, except maybe electric bicycles. The 45km/h model is license free in France as I understand it, pitched at young drivers and those who've lost their license for various reasons. In Switzerland I doubt a moped license would be enough, hence the lack of 45 model over here.
In Switzerland that would be Cat. F. But you have to be 18.

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Re: 4 wheel "scooter" - what license is needed?

I saw one parked in Lausanne yesterday. Could not see the back to see which type of license plate it had.

A quick photo from the car (waiting behind a bus).
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Re: 4 wheel "scooter" - what license is needed?

Call a Renault retailer in Switzerland and ask about it!
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