If nothing else, Renault knows how to make a ca-razy-looking concept car. At the Frankfurt Motor Show today, the company took the wraps off of the Twizy Z.E. (Zero Emission) as part of the four-car line-up of all-electric vehicles at the expo. We saw the top-down teaser last week, but the actual design of the open-air cabin is nothing we could have predicted. The flat lines at the bottom of the wheel covers are particularly mindbending. The other cars in the line-up are (left to right) the Fluence Z.E., the Kangoo Z.E. and the Zoe Z.E.
The Twizy Z.E. looks like a single-seat vehicle, but Renault is calling it a 1+1, so there’s got to be a baby seat or something in there. Renault even describes the 2.3 meter-long car as “barely larger than a scooter.” Underhood, the Twizy uses a 20 hp, 15 kW motor to reach a top speed of 47 mph. The Zoe Z.E. supermini has a 70 kW motor and a 100-mile range. But lots of cars have that; the Zoe also has a ” personalisable avatar for driving information, mood lighting and futuristic ‘hydrate, detox and active scent’ climate control.” So, take that, every car that doesn’t. The Fluence and Kangoo we’ve seen before. To top it all off, Renault is calling their rapid battery exchange stations “Quickdrop,” and doesn’t mention Better Place once in the initial press release. Hmmm.
Find the press release after the jump. We expect to get more details and pictures of these vehicles at the day continues, but for now check out the design lines in the gallery – really worth it in high-res.
Frankfurt 2009: Renault’s all-electric four-car attack includes Twizy, the quirkiest car of the IAA originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Wed, 16 Sep 2009 04:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.