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Renault's Twizy design competition carried a potentially life-changing prize: £9,000 headed straight into the bank account of one lucky student – designed to cover the costs of a year's tuition fees.

The Renault Twizy is a 100% electric two-seater vehicle. The competition encouraged students to put pen to paper – or digital pen to graphics tablet – and “Design a Twizy”.

Ultimately, twenty-year-old Rachel Smith from The University of Huddersfield emerged triumphant – winning a public vote ahead of nine other shortlisted entries. That beautiful £9000 bounty is now hers and hers alone.

Renault ambassadors and solo long distance yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur presented Rachel with her cheque at her university's Business School. There, her winning rainbow inspired designed was showcased on a Twizy to mark the occasion. It must have been “quite a moment”.

The Twizy itself produced zero emissions and is all-electric. It made it to UK showrooms on 13th April, and is available in a choice of three trim levels from as little as £6,690 on the road.

Monthly battery hire starts at £45 based on an annual mileage of 4,500 per year over three years.

Put it all together and you get such marvellous economy that few would be surprised if fleets of the Renault Twizy soon come to dominate the road – rendering motorways multicoloured, clean and somewhat adorable.