Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Renault Twizy Z.E. Concept

The Renault Twizy Z.E. Concept is an all-electric compact vehicle which features a width of just 1.1 meters, faired wheels and two seats located one behind the other. It previews the brand's future electric models that will be intrododuced from 2011.
The wraparound bodywork creates a reassuring cocoon and the futuristic cabin can accomodate the driver and one passenger, positioned one behind the other.
The agility is maximized by the low weight (420kg), low centre of gravity and the ultra compact dimensions (2.30m in length, and just 1.13m wide), which result in a turning circle of just three metres and a footprint barely larger than that of a scooter.
The exterior is characterized by four-wheel arrangement, andopen bodywork with a futuristic, pearlescent white tone. Thewheel fairings are not spherical but octagonal, and cover the tyres entirely.
Optimizing the vehicle's range is simple and worry-free, with apoetic touch: remaining range is depicted by a lotus flower on the dashboard, with petals that close progressively as the range decreases.
The open chassis calls for neither heating nor climate control, both of which consume a significant amount of energy.
This, coupled with the vehicle's low weight (it tips the scales at just 420kg, complete with batteries), contributes directly to Twizy Z.E. Concept's range which can reach 100km.
Technical Specifications
Motor Type: Electric
Transmission type: Direct drive with reducer and forward/reverse inverter
Maximum power EEC (kW / hp): 15 / 20
Maximum torque EEC (Nm): 70
Battery Type: Lithium-ion
Range: 100km
Aerodynamic performance (CdA): 0.63
Top speed (kph): 75

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