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I'm sure it's been thought of before and I wonder if anyone has tried this yet.

The Twizy is sold in Norway with the option to own the car and battery together, and maybe in a few other places in mainland Europe too, but I'm dammed if I can find them elsewhere.

Has anyone tried to import a second hand battery owned Twizy from Norway into the UK? If so, what VAT would be due when it reached the UK? Would it be 20% VAT or any other duties, given Norway isn't a full EU member? Brexit jokes aside here ;)

've read somewhere, there's a 6000km rule -if the car is over 6000km, either VAT or another tax doesn't apply? Given too, that Norway enjoys some sort of tax relief on electric cars, dunno how that effects exported EVs?

Then there would be the process of buying the car, bank transfer of pound sterling to "monopoly money", from a dealer whos first language isn't English, only relying on photos of it, without having the pleasure :unsure: of kicking the tyres and haggling. Paying for someone to ship it, flat bed it or bung it into a container to get here. For me, sending it to Southampton docks would be ideal.

Of course, there is the mad option of the epic road trip where I could fly out to Norway then get to really kick the tyres and hand over that "monopoly money" in person, then spend weeks driving it back. That would make a great YouTube video! Especially for someone like me who is terrified of the thought of driving on the "wrong" side of the road and can just about get from Southampton to the Isle of Wight without feeling seasick! :sick:

Once in the UK, I guess it would need to be registered on UK plates, move the steering wheel to the correct side ;), have its headlight beams adjusted, chop off the Euro plug and fit a BS1363 3 pin plug, give it an MoT (regular MoT or a more "stringent" one at a VOSA centre?) and then finally apply for the £0 tax and insure it?

Is it really worth all that, just to put two fingers up at Renault / RCI and their lack of choice with the Twizy? Part of me says HELL YEAH! I wonder if any specialist EV dealers would look import a few? I bet non-lease Twizys have no trouble selling!

Your thoughts! :cool:
 

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No ( not worth it)

Norwegian examples will be rare and expensive in any case.

Better to buy a Twizy if you must, drive to nearest Renault Dealer and dump THEIR battery on the showroom floor and them do your own project to install new BMS, battery etc
 

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No ( not worth it)

Norwegian examples will be rare and expensive in any case.

Better to buy a Twizy if you must, drive to nearest Renault Dealer and dump THEIR battery on the showroom floor and them do your own project to install new BMS, battery etc
Brilliant idea. Anyone can build a well packaged waterproof battery, with BMS and all necessary safety protocols, in a Sunday afternoon with half a dozen batteries off ebay, a big hammer and a few rolls of gaffer tape. I really don't understand why people aren't doing this already.
 

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I'm sure it's been thought of before and I wonder if anyone has tried this yet.

The Twizy is sold in Norway with the option to own the car and battery together, and maybe in a few other places in mainland Europe too, but I'm dammed if I can find them elsewhere.

Has anyone tried to import a second hand battery owned Twizy from Norway into the UK? If so, what VAT would be due when it reached the UK? Would it be 20% VAT or any other duties, given Norway isn't a full EU member? Brexit jokes aside here ;)

've read somewhere, there's a 6000km rule -if the car is over 6000km, either VAT or another tax doesn't apply? Given too, that Norway enjoys some sort of tax relief on electric cars, dunno how that effects exported EVs?

Then there would be the process of buying the car, bank transfer of pound sterling to "monopoly money", from a dealer whos first language isn't English, only relying on photos of it, without having the pleasure :unsure: of kicking the tyres and haggling. Paying for someone to ship it, flat bed it or bung it into a container to get here. For me, sending it to Southampton docks would be ideal.

Of course, there is the mad option of the epic road trip where I could fly out to Norway then get to really kick the tyres and hand over that "monopoly money" in person, then spend weeks driving it back. That would make a great YouTube video! Especially for someone like me who is terrified of the thought of driving on the "wrong" side of the road and can just about get from Southampton to the Isle of Wight without feeling seasick! :sick:

Once in the UK, I guess it would need to be registered on UK plates, move the steering wheel to the correct side ;), have its headlight beams adjusted, chop off the Euro plug and fit a BS1363 3 pin plug, give it an MoT (regular MoT or a more "stringent" one at a VOSA centre?) and then finally apply for the £0 tax and insure it?

Is it really worth all that, just to put two fingers up at Renault / RCI and their lack of choice with the Twizy? Part of me says HELL YEAH! I wonder if any specialist EV dealers would look import a few? I bet non-lease Twizys have no trouble selling!

Your thoughts! :cool:
I was thinking about doing the same. A roadtrip to Norway as a holiday and organise the transport of a twizy back. The prices didn't seem too bad for a battery owned Twizy.
 

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Shush, keep the good idea quiet otherwise those hoards of Norwegian Twizy sellers will be bumping up their prices to RoastBeef buyers :)
 

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Drive over in a high roof Transit or Mercedes van, sling it in the back, and drive home.
Would also work with a flat back Transit, just like gypsies use to collecting scrap metal from every street corner.
Just make sure you take a couple of scaffolding board with you to load it when you get there.
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:unsure: Tow it home?
And charge it at the same time! (y) All that regenerative charging ;)

I think I've pretty much decided not to bother, unless I had a friend in Norway to help with it all. Too many things to go wrong, despite how good an adventure it would be.
 

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If you want a cheap small vehicle, but a 2nd hand Axiam in France, there’s loads of them there. Much easier to get it home as well!!
 

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If you want a cheap small vehicle, but a 2nd hand Axiam in France, there’s loads of them there. Much easier to get it home as well!!
Except the requirement to drive one is either being 16 years old, or looking like one of these chaps:
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I'll give the Axiam's a miss!
 

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It's a pointless idea, towing to regen on a long journey. What are you going to do with the Twizy once the battery is full?
 

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Still not convinced. A Twizy has a certain charm (it's not trying to be a traditional car), whereas Aixams look like a normal car, done badly.

And this is coming from a non-badge snob who drives a Dacia :p
 
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