Published on April 8th, 2013 | by Tim0
Renault Twin’Z — New All-Electric City Car Concept
The Twin’Z is the latest all-electric concept car from Renault and British designer Ross Lovegrove. The all-electric concept car is the fruit of their close collaboration and brings together two worlds — the world of furniture and that of the automobile.
The Twin’Z was unveiled at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano, which is apparently the centerpiece of the design industry’s annual calendar. When creating the Twin’Z, Renault invited Lovegrove to add design flourishes, and to make the cabin truly occupant-friendly.
A lot of the inspiration for the Twin’Z comes from the first-generation Twingo, as well as that of the Renault 5 superminis.
The Twin’z sports rear-wheel drive, and is equipped with a 50 kW, 226 N·m (167 lb-ft) rear-mounted electric motor that is propelled with four evenly spaced lithium-ion battery packs beneath the floor.
The Twin’Z has a unique electric rear-wheel drive architecture that allows the wheels to be pushed out to the car’s extreme corners to provide it with a solid grounding and large platform.
The front and rear doors open electrically. Without having a center pillar, the entire cabin can thus be revealed to the eye — and frees up space that can be important at times (think of those times when you were moving and trying to stuff oddly shapes items into the car).
The Twin’Z has a length of 3.62 meters (11.87 ft) and has a weight 980 kg (2,162 lbs). The top speed for the Twin’Z is around 130 km/h (81 mph) and has a range of 160 km (99 miles).