Paris Motor Show: Renault Presents The Today And Tomorrow Of Electric Vehicles

Paris Motor Show: Renault Presents The Today And Tomorrow Of Electric Vehicles

Renault begins to explore the future design language of its electric cars.

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 11 october 2010

Renault is getting ready to begin selling electric vehicles and used the 2010 Paris Motor Show to present what they plan to offer as well as a vision of the future. The first two electric vehicle models will appear in showrooms late next year. The ZOE Preview is a glimpse at what one of the cars will look like. The ZOE Preview is intended to be a mass-market, zero-emission, everyday car. It will be powered by a 60kW (80hp) motor with electricity from a lithium-ion battery. The battery can be charged in one of three ways. The ZOE Preview can be plugged into a household or public charging point and attain a full charge in 6-8 hours. A network of ‘Fast Charge’ stations will also be established for emergency situations. These will provide 37 miles range in less than 10 minutes or 80% battery capacity in 30 minutes. The third is a a battery swap via a Quickdrop battery exchange station. A depleted battery can be exchanged for a fully charged one in three minutes. Renault is working with Better Place to expand the Quickdrop network.

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