2009 Renault Twizy Zero Emission Z.E. Concept review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 , 07:09:42 byAngela

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Renault Twizy Zero Emission Z.E. Concept

Renault developed the Twizy Z.E. Concept, an innovative response to the challenge of urban mobility. The model offers an all electric means of transport which produces no CO2 emission to the driver and passenger. The wraparound bodywork creates a safe, reassuring environment which offers first class protection for both the driver and the passenger. Under the hood, the Twizy Z.E. Concept hides a 15 kW electric motor which produces 70 Nm of torque, making it easy to drive and versatile. The four-wheel arrangement, open bodywork and a seat format which puts the driver and passenger behind one another express the distinctive character of the Twizy Z.E. Concept. On the inside, the seatback is attached to the roof of the vehicle, allowing the lower part of the seat to pivot. Thanks to its futuristic, pearlescent white bodywork, the Twizy Z.E. Concept belongs to a new era of urban mobility. The model offers its occupants a new, simple and reassuring environment. The front and rear ends are equipped with a luminous matrix display which allows the driver to interrelate with his or her immediate surroundings. The energy available onboard serves just one purpose and that is mobility. The open chassis calls for neither heating nor climate control, both of which consume a significant amount of energy. The lithium-ion batteries of the Twizy Z.E. Concept are located under the two seats. They are charged by means of an extendible cable located behind the Renault logo at the front. This cable can be plugged into a 22V 10A or 16A domestic socket and will fully charge the batteries in only three and a half hours. This model is the forerunner of one of the all-electric mobility solutions that the carmaker will introduce starting 2011.