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Renault Zoe Z.E. (Zero Emission)

Renault Zoe Z.E. (Zero Emission)

Renault Zoe Z.E. (Zero Emission)
Make Renault
Model Zoe Z.E. (Zero Emission)
Concept year 2009
Production year -
Engine electric

The Zoe Z.E. was one of the quartet of zero emission concept cars Renault rolled out at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Renault Zoe Z.E. is a compact four-seat supermini designed for short daily journeys in urban areas. The Zoe Z.E. is aimed at motorists who own more than one car and who are looking for a compact, versatile vehicle capable of meeting their varied day-to-day needs, such as the school run, work commute or shopping trips.

Aerodynamics have a major impact on the performance of a zero-emission vehicle and, in the case of the Zoe Z.E. concept, the overriding concerns regarding design were elegance and efficiency.

Powering the Renault Zoe Z.E. is a 95 horsepower (70kW) electric motor which produces 166 lb/ft (226 Nm) of torque. The Zoe Z.E. has three recharging options. A standard charge off any household socket takes between 4 and eight hours. A quick charge takes 20 minutes from a dedicated higher voltage outlet. And the 'Quickdrop' system, this is an idea which Renault has put forward where a standardized battery pack can be swapped out at a battery exchange station. On a full charge the Zoe Z.E. has a 100 mile range.

The interior of the Renault Zoe Z.E. is designed to compliment the nearly silent drivetrain by offering a relaxed and comforting atmosphere. The seat cushions are supposed to imitate the shape of a pebble (let's hope they're a little more comfortable), while the seatbacks are suspended from the ceiling.

The dashboard is covered with a mineral-like membrane, it responds to the lightest of touches to call up a range of touchscreen controls. The wide TFT screen is housed in a glass bubble. This is the central information point for Zoe Z.E. Concept and displays navigation data, the charge indicator and remaining range, as well as a pallet of colored mood lighting options which enable the interior ambiance to be customized. One of the more unusual features of the Zoe Z.E. is that the mood lighting color can be selected automatically via a sensor in the seat which will tone the lighting to match the colors of the driver's clothes.

The climate control system of the Renault Zoe ZE features a unique set of systems for controlling more than just the temperature. A hydrating function controls the humidity and also uses dash mounted vaporizers to spray a moisturizer into the air. The 'Detox' function monitors air quality and shuts off the air vents if required. And the Active Scent Function releases essential oils suited to the mood of the moment: a relaxing drive home, perhaps, or the need to stimulate concentration when driving at night.

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