Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Renault’s Kangoo be bop Z.E. electric vehicle available for test drive

Renault Kangoo be bop Z.E.
  • In a world first, Renault is to make its Renault Kangoo be bop Z.E. prototype electric vehicle available for test drives. The technology seen on this car is very similar to that which will feature on the brand's upcoming production vehicles currently under development
  • The mass-marketing of affordable Renault electric vehicles is poised to begin in 2011
  • The Renault-Nissan Alliance is targeting to become the leading manufacturer of mass-market zero-emission vehicles
The Renault Kangoo be bop Z.E. prototype is powered by a 44kW (60hp) electric motor and is equipped with a 15kWh battery. With just 18 months remaining before the release of Renault's forthcoming production electric vehicles, Kangoo be bop Z.E. provides a range of approximately 100km. By the time of their launch, Renault's electric vehicles will have benefited from an evolution to their battery technology which will take their real-world range to 160km.

Optimising the range of electric vehicles is a key parameter, which is why Renault is taking all the necessary steps to make this aspect of electric vehicle use as simple and efficient as possible.

For many motorists, driving an electric vehicle will be a new experience. The absence of noise from the motor, the immediate availability of peak torque and the linear acceleration curve mean that drivers will need to develop new habits. This has led Renault to give motorists an opportunity to the sample Kangoo be bop Z.E. which previews the brand's forthcoming technology.

As a volume car manufacturer and leader in the field of safety, Renault is also doing everything in its power to produce electric vehicles which meet the same exacting standards as the brand's current internal combustion-engined vehicles.

The aim is to produce electric vehicles which boast exactly the same advantages delivered by Renault's current line-up, namely comfort, cabin space and safety. Electric vehicles are models in their own right.

Electric vehicles are a perfect fit for Renault's eco² environmental stance which seeks to mass market products that have a minimal ecological footprint across their full lifecycle.

Images : Renault Kangoo bebop ZE

[Source : RENAULT]


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