Sunday, September 20, 2009

Renaul ZOE Z.E. Concept

Presented at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Renault Zoe Z.E. Concept is a compact zero-emission vehicle with a sleek, dynamic design inspired by efficiency. It is powered by a 70kW electric motor, reaches a range of 160 km and has a drag coefficient of 0.25.
The special roof optimizes the management of the climate control system to ensure extended range, while the ambience inside the cabin can be customized.
The climate control system features hydrating, 'detox' and active scent functions which enhance the travelling experience.
Hydrating function. In contrast to conventional climate control systems, which can tend to dry out the air, small dashboard-mounted vaporizers spray an exclusive active substance to rehydrate the skin and exude a sensation of wellbeing.
'Detox' function. A toxicity sensor monitors air quality and shuts off the airvents if required. Then, in addition to extracting harmful substances, the cabin filters deliver others which benefit the skin.
Active scent function. An electric system exhales essential oils suited to the mood of the moment: something mellow for a relaxing drive home, perhaps, or the need to stimulate concentration when driving at night.
The large 21-inch wheels and large body panels are reassuring touches for the four occupants.
The front features scissor doors, while rear access is through butterfly-style doors.
The driver has three battery charging options:
1. A standard charge: takes between four and eight hours, via a charging socket situated on the outside of the vehicle.
2. A quick charge: in 20 minutes, using the same socket at specific charging points.
3. The exclusive 'Quickdrop' system: three minutes at a rapid battery exchange station.

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