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Renault Confirms Production of All-Electric Twizy and Zoe Z.E., Sales Start in 2011

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Apparently, Nissan's partner Renault wasn't kidding when it said that it would go ahead and produce the four all-electric concept models that it displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Today, the French automaker not only (re)confirmed production of the futuristic looking Twizy Z.E. city car (for Zero Emission) and the funky Zoe Z.E. sporty supermini, but it also revealed the plants where the two cars will be built.

First up is the Twizy Z.E. based 1+1 seater that will be manufactured at Renault's Valladolid factory in Spain from 2011. Even though we find it hard to believe, it is said that the production version will remain extremely close to the concept model that is powered by an electric motor that makes 15kW (20HP) and 70Nm of torque and drives the rear wheels.

The Twizy will be followed in 2012 by a sporty, all-electric supermini dimly inspired by the Zoe Z.E concept car. It will be produced at the firm's Flins plant near Paris, France. Renault said that it expects that this urban model will account for two-thirds of the Group's EV sales in Europe.

The other two electric vehicles that Renault is planning to produce is the Fluence Z.E. compact sedan and the Kangoo Z.E. small van.

Earlier this week, a letter of intent was signed between the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the French Strategic Investment Fund (FSI) to form a joint venture company that would develop and manufacture batteries for the group's electric vehicles.


Renault Zoe Z.E. Concept



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Renault Twizy Z.E. Concept





7 Comments:

Anonymous said... »November 07, 2009

well at least they are taking the step. renault may be the manufacturer to start the trend. instead of creating whacky concepts and leaving it at that, they have decided to just go and produce them, instead of skepticising about how the public will react, because you will never truely know until you try.

Anonymous said... »November 07, 2009

very cool design from renault.. it's nice.

Anonymous said... »November 07, 2009

None of them are going to look like their concepts. Production cars seldom ever do.

Anonymous said... »November 07, 2009

Kudos to Renault for taking this step to advance the availability of EV's at the risk of critical treasure during these times.

The 'Fluence Z.E.' compact sedan would have been the more logical choice to me though it wouldn't have got as much attention.

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Braddo said... »November 08, 2009

Well done Renault... About time someone is stepping up to the plate.. So tired of hearing about and seeing all these electric concepts.. The Chevy Volt is going to look slightly old next to these if it ever gets into production. . .

Anonymous said... »November 09, 2009

Too bad we'll never see thee here :(

Anonymous said... »May 26, 2010

wow!!

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