Photos: Team France Receive Twizy Minicars

April 20, 2017 | 36 Comments

Groupama Team France held an event today [April 20] to mark the official keys handover for Renault Twizys vehicles, with the America’s Cup team saying that “today is a major first for the French brand as it moves into the archipelago of Bermuda by placing ten Renault Twizys at the disposal of Groupama Team France.”

Groupama Team France with the Renault Twizys:

Groupama Team France Bermuda April 20 2017 (1)

“French manufacturer Renault, has been making cars since 1898, so it will be ideally placed to assist the French challenge with getting around the archipelago,” the team said.

“Renault is also keen to demonstrate that Twizy is the perfect choice as a sustainable method of transport throughout the islands in general.”

“Renault is taking on the role of supplier to the French team competing in the 35th edition of the America’s Cup.

“Though the French brand has already been involved in past sailing sponsorship operations, this is its first time in the innovative and highly technological zero emissions vehicle category.”

Juan Carlos Duque and Groupama Team France

Groupama Team France Bermuda April 20 2017 (3)

“Twizy is easy and enjoyable to drive, very safe, totally silent and with no emissions in use. Its large openings enable unrestricted views across the fabulous landscapes that colour the archipelago,”said Juan Duque Restrepo, Director of Importing Countries in the Americas.

“In short, it’s the perfect vehicle and is in complete harmony with the enchanting backdrop of Bermuda”

Louis Viat, Head of Logistics at Groupama Team France, “The Renault Twizy is the best possible alternative to public transport and hiring out scooters, whilst providing an independent, safe and efficient mobility solution for getting around Bermuda.

“We are very proud to be the first to use this solution in the archipelago, as well as promoting the positive impact of electric vehicles aimed at protecting the surrounding nature”.

Richard Davidge, Renault Importer, Minister Jeanne Atherden, Franck Cammas, Skipper Groupama Team France and Juan Carlos Duque, Director Importing Countries of Renault Americas Region

Groupama Team France Bermuda April 20 2017 (2)

Olivier Murguet, Director of Operations in the Americas, “Renault is proud to launch its electric vehicle in Bermuda during the America’s Cup. Like these fabulous catamarans, Renault Twizy comprises a zero emissions mobility solution.”

Earlier today, Minister of Tourism, Transport & Municipalities Michael Fahy noted that the Motor Car [Minicar] Regulations 2017 came into effect today, with the Minister saying the “introduction of minicars marks a new era in Bermuda’s transportation history”.

Photos from this morning’s handover:

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  1. ImJustSayin says:

    Yeah they are real safe. You wouldn’t catch me in one of those death traps with only a yellow line stopping someone from colliding head on into me. Are you all kidding me? SMH! $$$$$$$$$$$

    • Bermyman says:

      So these things have been on the road in major European cities for 4 years now, meeting all necessary safety standards in the EU, but somehow you seem to think they are not safer than a scooter? SMH! For Real!

    • Mike Hind says:

      As opposed to a bike or a car, which are WAY safer…

    • outkasted says:

      Lol… get a life buh. Where you been living? you think you gonna get all these wealthy people on this island riding around on mopeds? You only have so much public transportation, Mini buses and taxis to go around.

      • sage says:

        Wondering if the “high net worth” visitors will want to be seen in a 5-17hp egg on wheels when locals are driving BMW’s (including 2, 7 series V8s), Benz’s, Velosters large suv’s, an Escalade,the Hummer and don’t forget Hell’s Tourists on full sized 1500+cc motorcycles riding off the cruise ship.

        • aceboy says:

          “egg on wheels”

          Bye STOP it! lol

        • James says:

          There isn’t a car for sale in Bermuda I would buy if i was somewhere else. The BMW’s and the Mercedes cars they sell here are called shopping cars anywhere else in the world. The lowest of their range. As for the Veloster I got one on a rental in USA last year and it couldn’t drag you out if bed

    • PBanks says:

      The only death trap would be from some careless motorist plowing into the vehicle.

      Let’s give this some time, I think. See how people manage. How the vehicles handle weather, hills, etc.

    • your a loser says:

      small minded loser

    • Hope they have spare parts on hand.
      Or have they thought that far?

    • Anbu says:

      Ya ud rather be on a v50 inna? U know the bikes that bend in half if u roll over a pebble. Lol. Smh

  2. King Jammys says:

    I need one of these!

  3. Cranberry says:

    Where do our guests rent them from??

  4. sage says:

    How much per day?

  5. outkasted says:

    Let the Car rental market begin!!

  6. Bda guy says:

    Fayhe said they was only going to be for rental not for private use did he lie again, So the question is what are they licence as private car or rental car, i am going to see what licence plate on them

    • Ringmaster says:

      Why can’t you read for yourself. These vehicles are for rental. Where did Mr. Fahy lie? He might have wanted these to be for private use too, but the taxi association kicked up so much for the rental use, private use was not an issue. They have a license plate similar to a rental bike, red and white. OK?

      • sage says:

        If ‘private use was not an issue’ and surely the taxi association don’t care about locals driving them, why are they only for tourists (and Team France) then? The minister should turn herself into the nearest police station for operating one in clear contravention of the tourist only legislation, the law is the law.

      • What?? says:

        These vehicles were given to the French team by Renault. How is that a rental. Everything in this article about rentals seems designed to deflect from that point.

    • bdaboy says:

      “Fayhe said they was only going to be for rental not for private use did he lie again, So the question is what are they licence as private car or rental car, i am going to see what licence plate on them”

      Seriously? This is how you write? I wouldn’t rent you a skateboard, you can barely read, let alone be trusted in a vehicle.

  7. We Need it Now says:

    Watch and see. These are great for Bermuda.

  8. What?? says:

    Wasn’t the law change for minicars for hire only? How is Renault and the French team allowed to operate these on the Island? Was there a special law allowing it?

    • Ride says:

      Long term lease, perhaps.

    • sage says:

      Local mechanics can’t test drive them either so French specialist test drivers will be brought in to stay within the legislation.

  9. puzzled says:

    I thought Hind was out of season or restricted.

    Strum…….

  10. cow polly says:

    Jean – you still got it girl

  11. Ben S says:

    Amazing that some are posting online a recent video showing a tourist on a rental cycle involved in an RTC. They are commenting and complaining (along the lines of)…”can you imagine what will happen when they can rent 4 wheels.” Totally narrow minded, politically motivated and have complete disregard for peoples safety….

  12. James says:

    They use these in St Bart’s and the people there love them. A lot wealthier place than Bermuda.

  13. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    I have driven cars in 7 seven countries.

    I can go to Europe and rent a Porsche or a Mercedes Benz or a 4wd Audi.

    I can go to the USA and rent a Cadillac.

    I can go to Florida and rent or buy a Hummer or a Jeep Grand Cherokee , the vehicles are covered by proper insurance.

    Our Bermuda roads signage and traffic laws are supposed to meet international standards.

    Unfortunately some of our visitors have driven for 50 year or more, can not come here and rent a regular half way decent car even with a standard or international license and many have driven for 50 year or more, our cars are no fighter jets.

    We have a developed negative reputation here which I am not ry proud of.Our Politicians are to busy”in fighting” is now treating our visitors like second class citizens, no wonder the go else where.
    Politicians ! YOU HAVE TO GIVE TO GET!

    WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE RED CARPET. ?

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