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A car you can drive without a license?

A car you can drive without a license?

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Renault may launch a low-speed version of its Twizy EV line in the U.K. which may be driven by teens without a driver's license.

Renault is likely to introduce a light version of its Twizy electric car in 2013 that can be driven without a driver's license.

According to British site Autocar, the Twizy 45 would reach a max speed of 45 kph (28 mph) and would be launched in 2013, as part of a new category of light-vehicles in the U.K. which may be driven by 16-year-olds who do not have a license.

The 'quadricycle' would weigh up to 770 lbs (350 kg) - half as much as the already-diminutive Smart ForTwo. While the electric vehicle may cost less than $10,000 (around 6,200 pounds sterling), the insurance premiums for teens to drive the car may raise the price considerably. According to Andy Heiron, head of the EV program at Renault UK, beginner drivers under the age of 18 could face insurance premiums of up to 4,000 pounds sterling ($6,400).

Renault began selling three versions of the Twizy last month, including the Urban, starting at around $10,700, and the Technic, which will cost around $11,800.

Photo: Renault

via [Autoblog Green, Autocar]

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Contributing Editor Channtal Fleischfresser has worked for The Economist, WNET/Channel 13, Al Jazeera English, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure