Z.E. (Zero Emission)
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
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
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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