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.
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 allelectric 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.
► 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.
► 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.
► 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.
► ENERGY MANAGEMENT: THREE BATTERY-CHARGING TECHNIQUES AND AN INTELLIGENT NAVIGATION SYSTEM
Three options when it comes to ‘filling up’ on energy:
The standard charge: takes between four and eight hours, via a charging socket situated on the outside of the vehicle.
The quick charge: in 20 minutes, using the same socket at specific charging points.
The exclusive ‘Quickdrop’ system: three minutes at a rapid battery exchange station.
Range optimization is the greatest challenge for electric vehicles. This is why Renault is working hard to make the process as simple and efficient as possible by planning for all types of charging needs and methods.
► RENAULT FLUENCE: FOR TRAVELLING IN STYLE
This autumn will see Renault introduce FLUENCE, a four-door saloon which features elegant, flowing lines.
Renault Fluence was designed with the aim of standing out as the most attractive car of its class. Several features set it apart from rivals: beneath its strong, sporting exterior, Fluence features a comfortable cabin and a wealth of useful technological aids.
Fluence targets customers looking for a status-enhancing saloon and will be built on the existing assembly line at the Oyak-Renault plant in Bursa, Turkey, where the booted Megane II was previously produced.
► POWERTRAIN RANGE: RENAULT IS PREPARING FOR THE MOBILITY OF TOMORROW AND IS TARGETING ZERO EMISSIONS
Renault is pursuing its environmental programme, including the Renault eco² hallmark which reasserts the carmaker’s determination to reduce the ecological footprint of its vehicles at every stage of their lifecycle (manufacture, on-road use and end-of-life). The objective is to market environmentally respectful vehicles which are affordable to the majority of motorists. Renault is targeting number one status regarding CO2 emissions by 2015 and is focusing its efforts on two fronts:
· new technologies for its internal combustion engines and transmissions, · an unprecedented commitment to electric motors.
► NEW MEGANE RENAULT SPORT: CHIC AND SPORTY
New Megane R.S. stands out in the Megane range through its sporty character which is expressed by both its looks and on-road performance credentials.
New Megane R.S. goes on sale this autumn, with a choice of two chassis:
– a Sport chassis for everyday driving enjoyment, – a Cup chassis for even more exhilarating performance round a circuit.
New Megane R.S. is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine which boasts a power output of 250hp and a particularly broad useful rev band that can be enjoyed both on the road and on a racetrack.