Renault ZE Concept as Future Direction of Electric Cars
In parallel to its new TCe and dCi engine ranges, Renault is furthering its strategy aimed at curbing CO2 emissions with the development of electric vehicles. Since the beginning of 2008, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed agreements with several states and regions (Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Japan's Kanagawa prefecture, the state of Tennessee in the USA), which will lead to the mass marketing of this form of vehicle from 2011.
Z.E. Concept ('Z.E.': Zero Emission) is Renault's vision of the electric vehicle as an efficient, user-friendly zero-emission car. Based on the brand new Renault Kangoo be bop, Z.E. Concept features a design which has been adapted to match the spirit of an electric vehicle, with the focus on minimizing energy consumption while at the same time providing core comfort features. The energy consumption of auxiliary functions such as lighting, heating, climate control, etc. is a key factor when it comes to an electric vehicle's range, so special attention has been paid to reduce the amount of energy required to run such equipment on Z.E. Concept. The concept car also incorporates several interactive information features which are easy to use.
Z.E. Concept is powered by a 70kW electric motor with torque of 226Nm and lithium-ion batteries.
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