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.
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com