Renault has presented the Paris fire brigade with the keys to an innovative Twizy prototype adapted specifically to the needs of firefighters.
The Twizy prototype was co-developed by Renault Tech, the company's vehicle conversion subsidiary, and the Paris fire brigade. The special model was designed for early interventions ahead of the arrival of further equipment, if needed.
The rear seat has been replaced by a boot used to store emergency response equipment - two fire extinguishers, two oxygen tanks, a fire suit, a helmet and a first-aid kit.
Tests of the prototype begin in November for an eight-month period, the aim being to use Twizy as a support vehicle in Paris and its immediate suburbs and when setting up temporary safety installations for major public events such as New Year's Eve.
The Paris fire brigade is reviewing the long-term possibility of setting up a fleet of light electric vehicles, for more efficiency and environmental respect.
"This initial prototype is real-life proof of the research and development work carried out together with the emergency services, demonstrating Renault's ability and determination to innovate to meet the needs of firefighters," said Renault's Claire Petit Boulanger.
Renault and the French national firefighter association, FNSPF, signed a partnership agreement on June 21 this year to step up their collaborative efforts in fields including technical co-operation and donating vehicles to firefighters for vehicle-extrication training.