What at first seemed like a publicity stunt or just a good joke now seems to be turning to be serious and true. At the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show that took place in September, the French automaker Renault presented four all electric concept models. At that time, everyone was certain that those four electric models will never see daylight and that they are just concepts that have the role to help Renault for the future electric projects. Still, the French automaker has revealed the plants where the Renault Twizy Z.E. city car and the Renault Zoe Z.E. sporty supermini will be built as well as reconfirming production for these two models to begin with. For those of you who do not know, Z.E. stands for Zero Emissions.
The Renault Twizy Z.E. is the first of the two electric cars we will be talking about. Rumors claim that the production version of the Renault Twizy Z.E. will be very similar in terms of design to the concept version that was presented in Frankfurt. The Renault Twizy Z.E. concept had a rear wheel drive system and an electric engine capable of developing 20 horsepower and 70 Nm of torque. The Renault Twizy Z.E. has a one plus one seat layout and will be produced at the Renault`s factory located in Valladolid, Spain starting from 2011.
In 2012 a sporty all electric supermini vaguely inspired from the Renault Zoe Z.E. concept car will follow the footsteps of the Renault Twizy. The Renault Zoe inspired all electric supermini is expected to account for about 67% of the electric vehicles sales of Renault in Europe. The Renault Zoe inspired all electric supermini will be produced at the Flins plant owned by Renault near Paris, France.
The French automaker also has in plan to produce the two other all electric vehicles presented at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the Renault Kangoo Z.E. small van and the Renault Fluence Z.E. compact sedan but no specific details were revealed until now.
As you all know, Renault and Nissan are partners, so we will most likely get to see similar versions from Nissan of the electric vehicles. A letter of intent to form a joint venture company that would develop and manufacture batteries for the electric vehicles was signed by the French Strategic Investment Fund (FSI), the Renault-Nissan alliance and the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).
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