Renault Twingo ZE specs unveiled

New 2020 Renault Twingo ZE

Ahead of the Geneva International Motor Show, Renault finally unveiled the specs of its new electric car, the Twingo ZE.


Let’s see the highlights of this new electric car.


With Twingo Z.E., Renault’s iconic small city car now has an all-electric engine to offer even greater driving pleasure and comfort in everyday life. With its bubbly personality, this fun and easygoing car reaches its full potential in its favourite playground. By going all-electric, Twingo is more than ever the queen of the city!

Twingo Z.E. takes Twingo’s fun design, attractive personality and exclusive customisation possibilities and enhances them with features that underline its electric character.

Renault has leveraged its extensive knowledge of the small city car segment to develop an electric car whose driveability, operating range and features are perfectly suited to the needs of city drivers. Built on a platform designed for electric cars, Twingo Z.E. offers performance and pleasure which magnify the factors that have already made Twingo such a success.


New 2020 Renault Twingo ZE side-rear


Twingo Z.E. is built on a platform originally designed for electric cars, thus taking advantage of all the
electric-vehicle expertise acquired by Groupe Renault over the past ten years.

Its 22 kWh battery boasts latest-generation lithium-ion cells developed in partnership with LG Chem.
It has been fitted into the car so as not to alter either the overall roominess or the volume of the
boot. Thermal management is provided by a water-cooling system, a first in the Renault Z.E. range.
Paired with a Caméléon® charger developed by Groupe Renault for ZOE, the Twingo Z.E. battery
offers optimised charging across all charging stations in alternative current (AC) up to 22 kW. Its
aluminium crash boxes, fully embedded in the battery structure, further strengthen its lateral


New 2020 Renault Twingo ZE water-cooled battery


The Twingo Z.E. powertrain (motor, reduction gear and charger) is based on that of New ZOE and
manufactured at Cléon in western France, on the production lines that already manufacture other
electric engines for Renault and its partners. It gives the mini city car first-class energy efficiency.
The car is assembled at the Novo Mesto plant in Slovenia, where all Twingo versions are made, and
distributed and serviced through the Renault network. All Renault’s sales and technical teams in
Europe have been given training in the specific features of electric vehicles.

The “Eco” mode, activated by pushing a button on the centre console, offers an operating range of
around 215 kilometers (125 miles) on mixed journeys, by limiting acceleration and top speed on


New 2020 Renault Twingo ZE rear


Flexible charging system

With its smart Caméléon® charger patented by Renault, Twingo Z.E. can be charged at home, at work
or using alternating current (AC) power infrastructure up to 22 kW. The technology enables it to
adapt to the power available at each charging station and make full use of existing facilities,
especially in cities. As a result, Twingo Z.E. benefits from optimum charging time whatever the
charging station. It charges up to four times faster than its competitors at those most commonly
found in public areas. Connection to a 22-kW charging station for just thirty minutes increases
Twingo Z.E.’s operating range by around 80 kilometres (50 miles) for mixed journeys.


New 2020 Renault Twingo ZE charging



Twingo Z.E.’s highly responsive electric engine further emphasizes the car’s fun and dynamic character. Its compact size (3.61 metres long) and wheels located at the four corners increase its agility. Just like its internal combustion counterpart, Twingo Z.E. with its rear-mounted engine still provides the best-in-class turning radius: only 4.30 metres are required to make a U-turn.


New 2020 Renault Twingo ZE interior space



Twingo Z.E.’s 60 kW (82 hp) engine immediately provides an available maximum torque of 160 Nm*. Drivers get strong and silent acceleration and pick-up even at low revs. The engine can reach 50 km/h (31 mph) in barely four seconds*. While the 135 km/h (84 mph) top speed permits all motorway travel*.


New 2020 Renault Twingo ZE engine and battery layout


Driving modes

Twingo Z.E features a “B mode” giving drivers a choice of three levels for the regenerative braking function as soon as they release the accelerator pedal. In the most advanced configuration, the car decelerates significantly, which quickly regenerates the battery, reduces the need for braking and makes city driving easier. In contrast, the most continuous mode allows the vehicle to keep going almost as if it was in freewheel mode.


New 2020 Renault Twingo ZE interior


Operating range

With its 22 kWh battery, Twingo Z.E. has a range of around 250 kilometres (143 miles) in WLTP City
cycle and 180 kilometres (102 miles) in Full WLTP cycle**. Given that the average daily commute for
mini city car users in Europe is around 30 kilometres (19 miles), the operating range is sufficient for a
week’s commuting without charging, making it the perfect electric city car alternative to internal
combustion versions.


New 2020 Renault Twingo ZE dashboard


Regarding dimensions, the Renault Twingo ZE is perfect for city driving.

New Renault Twingo ZE dimensions


Now let’s see the technical specs.

New Renault Twingo ZE technical features


Let’s face it, the specs aren’t great and this Twingo ZE seems to be a stopgap until the new generation scheduled for 2022 arrives with more range and better price.

The VW electric triplets with their 36,8 kWh batteries have more range (260 km) and seem a better choice.


Renault Twingo ZE

  • Battery: 22 kWh (21,3 kWh usable)
  • Range (WLTP): 180 km (112 miles)
  • Motor: 60 kW



  • Better looking (subjective)
  • Rear-wheel drive (better turning radius)
  • Faster on-board charger


Skoda CITIGOe iV

  • Battery: 36,8 kWh (32,3 kWh usable)
  • Range (WLTP): 260 km (162 miles)
  • Motor: 61 kW



  • More range
  • DC fast charging


Regarding battery degradation, the Renault Twingo ZE has a proper TMS (Thermal Management System) that actively protects the battery from high temperatures. On the other hand, the batteries of the VW electric triplets have a much larger buffer, which also helps to reduce degradation. I think that if you don’t abuse of DC fast charging and don’t live in an extremely hot country, the VW electric triplets will have lower battery degradation than the Renault Twingo ZE.


I do have a soft spot for the Twingo ZE (cutest small car ever), but I also think that the Skoda CITIGOe iV would be a more rational choice. What about you? Do you think that the faster on-board charger of the Twingo ZE makes up for the lower range?



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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1 year ago

If you must have only one car then Up! Mii Citigo and are on a budget.
If you need a second car with easy access to household plug then Twingo.

Note battery placement under front seats giving it good weight distribution.
22kw charging is very attractive.

The motor and charger are a known quantity.

1 year ago
Reply to  dipole

is that gross and usable battery capacity correct?
If so it is possibly cheaper to make a smaller liquid cooled battery than a larger air cooled one.
The difference between 32 and 36 for the e-UP is a quite a few hundred euro in batteries.

1 year ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Not fair question as you know as little as me but will the coolant have to be drained periodically. It is supposedly a nice money-earner for other liquid cooled EV dealer workshops.

1 year ago

Good article with lots of more info over regular eu carpress. For instance batterycooling, which is a pre.
Another pro of twingo over citigo is that the Renault will be significantly lighter, which is a big pro for a citycar I guess.

1 year ago

Thermal Management System is not only good in hot climate, it can also be necessary in cold one.
Bjørn Nyland shows that the VW UP have “coldgate”, meaning not charging very fast when cold outside, even after driving fast on highway (to warm the battery).

So let’s see in the middle on the winter how the Twingo VS Up/Mii/Skoda will charge after being park all night in freezing temps.

Bottom line, the VWs have “faster” DC charge yes, but only at room temps ?

1 year ago

Renault uses LG Chem as battery supplier but Jaguar, Mercedes and Audi are presumably having problems with its LG’s battery supply. Do you know what is going on? Is a battery supply problem or a low sales problem? Will Renault be affected? Thanks

PS. Answering your question: unless Twingo ZE is significantly cheaper than Citygo I will get the bigger battery and range.

1 year ago

Seat Mii, Skoda citygo iV and e-up! are limited run models, probably sold at loss. VW will produce the triplet only the amount it needs to reach EU fleet emission targets. If the profitable id.3 / id.4 and their cousins sell enough, we’ll see the e-up! and cousins production volumes dry to drizzle. OTOH if id.3 deliveries get delayed, we’ll see more Seat miis made…

I guess the same is going to be true for Twingo ZE and Zoe. If Zoe doesn’t sell enough, Twingo will get an discount…

Maarten Vinkhuyzen
1 year ago
Reply to  eurokeitai

It is unlikely the VW triplets are sold at a loss. It is even more unlikely that they are sold below their marginal costs.
VW will produce every number the market is willing to buy.

1 year ago

My personal favorite is the e-up!.
Especially because of the height.
Much more roomy than one might guess from outer dimensions. Very comfortable.

But I like very much the Twingo too.
I think, for the Twingo, price is king. Hope it’s well below 20,000. Just a hope…

1 year ago
Reply to  Alok

unfortunately, 1st figures talk about 25k€. If it is confirmed, might be difficult to become best-seller out of french domestic market.

1 year ago
Reply to  nono538

Ah, that would not be good… especially for the French market, I believe.
In the sense that in other markets the 3 German sisters, and smart’s, will sell very well anyway. So, no problem.
But in France, those who like to stick to French cars will not have as cheap an option (and with as much range).

If supply for all city electric cars (as a group) will be deficient, then all will sell very well anyway, I believe.

Maarten Vinkhuyzen
1 year ago
Reply to  nono538

That €25k is the wild ass guess from some reporter. Renault was very clear that pricing was not discussed.
As long as the CO2 emission is above the limit, every BEV sold is worth €18,050 in lower fines in 2020.
That creates a lot of room for competitive pricing.

1 year ago
Reply to  Alok

Rectification: dimensions are basically identical for 2020 e-up! and Twingo.

Maarten Vinkhuyzen
1 year ago

Renault’s reasoning for providing only 22kWh battery and no DC charging was very well thought through.
Only I don’t think it is correct.
It was the big city and second car story, that has a low average use. For People needing more range, they have the ZOE.
I think the market for limited capability cars like the Twingo ZE and the Citroen AMI is very small. Just a niche in a niche.

There is enough room for a 44kWh or even 55kWh battery in the floor.
With enough commenters bringing this to their attention, they might be sooner willing to increase the battery.

The only argument I thought correct was the fear of the Twingo cannibalizing the ZOE sales.
I would have preferred the 55kWh Twingo ZE over my current ZOE 50.

1 year ago

Makes me wonder if they’re gonna soon port the new battery tech over to Zoe in a couple years. Like a mid-cycle Zoe 50 new battery option, liquid cooled, 100 KW charge, higher output. Perhaps a Zoe 50 RS added in mid-cycle? It’s hard to believe they’ll wait 7 more years (future Zoe gen) to phase out their current air bat tech (10 years old now) for the new liquid one.