The French automaker Renault has just unveiled the the Kangoo Z.E. Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the third of Renault’s four electric vehicles that accoding to the company will go into production by 2011, and the the Kangoo Z.E. Concept is the one intended for everyday use.
The concept is powered by a 70 kilowatt motor delivering a maximum of 226 Nm of torque. Power is derived from a lithium-ion battery, that with a full recharge have an autonomy of four to eight hours, while a 20-minute quick charge you can take a short trip around the house.
With a weight of only 1520 kilos, the Kangoo ZE can hit a top speed of 130 km/h.
Press release after the jump.
Renault Zoe ZE Concept is evidence that an all-electric zero-emission vehicle can also boast smart, appealing looks. Zoe ZE Concept features technology aimed at extending its range and enhancing the travelling comfort of all occupants.
Renault Zoe ZE Concept is a compact, versatile daily driver which represents a new way of experiencing mobility. AN ECONOMICAL AND ECOLOGICAL SOLUTION
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In a day filled with super car unveilings, Renault took an entirely different approaching by unveiling a car of their own: the cute and adorable Twizy Z.E. (Zero Emission) Concept. It’s far from a super car, that much we can tell you. The car actually looks like more like a highly advanced Lego on four wheels as opposed to a traditional smart car.
The pearlescent color scheme of the car comes in a sky blue and sunflower yellow shade and the interior looks like something you’ll see in an arcade. Nevertheless, the Twizy Z.E. is more than just eye candy; it comes with state-of-the art features including a luminous matrix-like display that serve the dual purpose of headlights and taillights, full wheel covers, and that unmistakable flower ‘ornament’ sitting oh-so-happily on the dash.
For a smart car, the Twizy Z.E. does have room for four people, although we strongly advise tall people from sitting at the back. As far as its electrical power is concerned, the car takes it from an electric motor that has a grand total of 20 horsepower and 70Nm of torque and maximum speed of 75 kmh. While it certainly lacks in unbridled speed, the Twizy is as efficient as they come with a range of up to 100 kilometers.
Renault wants to prove that electric cars don’t have to be boring at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The automaker’s range of four electric concepts revealed today provide a preview of what we can expect from the French car builder to release starting in 2011.
The Fluence Z.E. Concept is a four-door electric sedan that can travel up to 160 kilometers on a single charge. Renault has incorporated a few interesting charging methods including a 20 minute recharge and the very fast 3 minute quick charge options that will allow you to travel from 4 to 8 hours depending on the power outlet’s voltage.
Fluence ZE Concept is powered exclusively by an electric motor located near the front axle that is powered by a lithium-ion battery positioned between the rear seats and the trunk. The concept rides on 21 inch wheels and the interior features video screens and a triple-zone climate control while LED lights on both the front and rear of the vehicle add to the concept’s Atmosphere Blue body color.
Press release after the jump.
At first glance, those four objects on the photo seem to look like new-age mobile phones, and while we can’t fault you for thinking that way – they do look like mobiles from a distance – those are actually four concept vehicles Renault is planning to unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Of course, the bird’s eye view of the cars doesn’t really help in deciphering what they really are, but take our word for it, those are Renault’s new electric concepts.
It’s an odd way to show images of the car really because it leaves room for a lot of speculation as to what these cars really look like. But maybe that’s exactly what Renault is aiming for.
In a recent interview with Automotive News Europe, Renault’s CEO, Patrick Pelata announced that the French automaker is preparing a new compact city car to compete head to head with vehicles like the Smart ForTwo, Toyota iQ, Fiat Topolino and future Volkswagen Up!
There is no concrete information about the future petite Renault, but rumors say that it will be built on the same platform as the company’s current Twingo model.
There is also a possibility that Renault will produce an electric version inspired by the Kangoo BeBop Z.E.
An electrified city car would be all the more feasible due to the European automaker’s ties to the Nissan-NEC next generation lithium ion battery pack.
You can expect to see something along the lines of a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. A production version should follow shortly after.
Renault takes the wraps off Kangoo Compact Concept at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Kangoo Compact Concept sets the tone for the new, wider Kangoo line-up. It targets young, active town- and city-dwellers who are into sport and are looking for a compact car that matches their life-style. Its expressive, robust lines are emphasized by its special two-tone colour scheme that blends Fireball Orange and Brushed Aluminium. The cabin, which floods with light, is made to be shared with friends. Roomy and fun, Kangoo Compact Concept focuses firmly on the pursuit of leisure and this sporting life. Built around a roller-skating theme, the car was developed in partnership with Rollerblade, and inspired by the shared values of mobility, togetherness, and lust for life.
Renault has chosen the Frankfurt Motor Show to unveil Renault Laguna Coupe Concept, its vision of a top-of-the-range grand tourer Coupe. Intended for the discerning motorist, who understands performance, driving pleasure, and refinement, Laguna Coupe Concept successfully marries high-tech with high cool. Underpinned by the Four-wheel Active Drive chassis, its boasts a brand new V6 dCi powertrain developed as part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Renault will launch a Coupe version of its Laguna model at the Frankfurt Motor Show. There are no news about the model yet, and Renault says it won’t release any info about it until September, but Car Magazine has put its hands on the the only shot of the car.