Renault Electric Cars Showing at Frankfurt Auto ShowBy Cuong Huynh • Sep 23rd, 2009 • Category: Clean Car Talk Daily Snapshots
Renault had some interesting and cool displays at the recent Frankfurt Auto Show. Not all will see the light of the market, but they are all part of Renault’s long term electric vehicle global strategy.
2011 will see Renault begin the marketing of affordable production electric vehicles. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is targeting to be the leader in the sale of mass market zero-emission vehicles. The four electric concept cars on show in Frankfurt provide a preview of Renault’s range of vehicles due to be released from 2011. They are
- TWIZY Z.E. Concept: 100% ELECTRIC, 100% PRACTICAL AND 100% INNOVATIVE. Twizy Z.E. Concept is an innovative response to the challenge of urban mobility. With its four-wheel chassis, Twizy Z.E. Concept offers the driver and passenger – seated one behind the other – an all-electric means of transport which produces no CO2 emissions. Twizy Z.E. Concept is compact, nimble and practical – everything you need in city traffic. The wraparound bodywork creates a safe, reassuring cocoon which offers first class protection for both the driver and the passenger. Power comes from a 15kW electric motor which develops 70Nm of torque, making Twizy Z.E. Concept versatile and easy to drive. The acceleration performance of Twizy Z.E. Concept in urban and suburban traffic is comparable to that of a 125cc motorbike.A new type of urban vehicle close to with a passenger seat behind the driver, will be available in the 2nd-half of 2012.
- ZOE Z.E. Concept: ZERO EMISSIONS AND A PERFECTLY REASSURING RIDE. Zoe Z.E. Concept is evidence that an all-electric zero-emission vehicle can also boast smart, appealing looks. Zoe Z.E. Concept’s special roof optimizes the management of the climate control system to ensure extended range, while the ambience inside the cabin can be customized. Over and above its traditional role, the climate control system breaks new ground thanks to its hydrating, ‘detox’ and active scent functions which combine to enhance the travelling experience. Zoe Z.E. Concept is a compact, versatile daily driver which represents a new way of experiencing mobility thanks to a choice of three battery-charging techniques.A full-electric city car (close to ) measuring less than four meters (13 feet) long and with five seats, ideal for commuting, will be available by mid 2012.
- FLUENCE Z.E. Concept: AN ATTRACTIVE, SPACIOUS ELECTRIC FAMILY CAR. Fluence Z.E. Concept is a statement of Renault’s intention to produce a range of zero-emission vehicles that meet the needs of all types of customer. Fluence Z.E. Concept is a genuine family car which demonstrates that attractive styling, comfort and space can go hand in hand with respect for the environment. Fluence Z.E. Concept is an all-electric car with a range of 160km. The battery can be charged using one of three methods: a standard charge (between four and eight hours), a quick charge (20 minutes) or an immediate solution (three minutes) which takes the form of the exclusive ‘Quickdrop’ rapid battery exchange system. Fluence Z.E. Concept previews the forthcoming electric version of Fluence, and represents a solution to zero-emission motoring in the world of tomorrow. will be launched first in Israel (1st semester 2011) and then in other countries.
- KANGOO Z.E. Concept. Kangoo Z.E. Concept is based on Renault Kangoo and brings zero-emission mobility to the business road-user. Kangoo Z.E. Concept is powered by a 70kW electric motor which delivers 226Nm of torque, in conjunction with a lithium-ion battery. Energy consumption is minimized thanks not only to the careful attention that has been paid to its overall design but also to energy optimization solutions, without the necessary high standard of comfort suffering in any way. Kangoo Z.E. Concept’s many information functions make it a particularly user-friendly, efficient and interactive vehicle.A light commercial vehicle and designed for professionals, Kangoo Z.E. will be available the 1st semester of 2011.
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