With the Renault 5 (R5), the automaker is hoping to get the plan off to a robust begin by providing a cool, Mini-like EV. “The design of the Renault 5 Prototype relies on the R5, a cult mannequin of our heritage. This prototype merely embodies modernity, a automobile related to its time: city, electrical, engaging,” mentioned design chief Gilles Vidal.
To that finish, it options design touches like entrance headlights primarily based on the unique R5, a hood air consumption that hides a charging hatch and a “5” on the facet grid, wheels and rear brand. Apart from the idea design, Renault didn’t reveal some other technical particulars. Nonetheless, it described the R5 as a “metropolis automobile,” that means it might need not have an enormous battery — very similar to the Honda E.
The opposite fascinating autos are coming from a brand new model known as Mobilize. It’s growing 4 mobility autos, together with two for car-sharing, one for experience hailing and one for last-mile deliveries. Renault goals to have Mobilize account for 20 p.c of group revenues by 2030.
One of many car-sharing fashions is the ZE-1 Prototype that appears rather a lot like Citroen’s tiny Ami. The 2-seater is designed for shared use, with drivers solely paying for what they use by way of time or mileage. It permits keyless entry by way of a smartphone, whereas utilizing a battery alternate system so the automobile can be utilized “continuous,” in keeping with Renault. The corporate added that it will be constructed with 50 p.c recycled supplies and be 95 p.c recyclable on the finish of its life-cycle.
As a part of the plan, Renault will set up a key manufacturing “electro pole” base, seemingly in Northern France, to fabricate its EVs. It additionally introduced a hydrogen three way partnership with US-based Plug Energy, with the purpose of growing gentle industrial gasoline cell autos. Lastly, Renault mentioned it goals to grow to be a key participant in know-how on the whole, together with the areas of cyber safety, clear vitality companies and extra.