Nightly News | March 07, 2013
>>> finally here tonight, our correspondent covering the vatican has frankly had some downtime while waiting for the conclave to start. in rome, a city of vespas and fiats.
>> she has noticed people getting around on something new, very small, not for someone faint of heart, however. here is anne thompson .
>> reporter: if there is one thing that's eternal, it's traffic. with congested roads, narrow, ancient streets and even narrower parking spaces, a small car or scooter is the way to go. now drivers need no longer choose one or the other with the head-turning wizzy. an italian journalist who covers the auto industry . the plug-in electric car has four wheels and not much else. there's no rear-view mirror.
>> yes, no. you have to use the side mirrors for that.
>> reporter: even the doors are unique.
>> go like this.
>> reporter: it goes up?
>> reporter: and you can see through the bottom. and windows are optional. making for a unique ride. there's no room for my purse, and barely room for me. in the seat behind mateo.
>> oh, my gosh! okay, did it. amazi amazing.
>> reporter: but the real fun comes when behind the wheel of this zero emissions vehicle . [ honking ]
>> reporter: ooh, sorry. not making friends . if you know where you're going. best part is, i have no clue where i am. with top speeds of 31 or 50 miles per hour, depending on the model, the twizzy is not highway-ready. but for under $12,000, it does make a flashy green statement. finish eto. who in italy buys this car?
>> well, you know how italians are. we like to be fashionable and to look good.
>> reporter: is this ever going to compete with a ferrari or lamborghini?
>> i think not.
>> reporter: the twizzy, adding some zip to a roman holiday . anne