New mobility is to us what the Model T was to them in 1908. And while the Model T took four or so decades to fully supplant the horse, new mobility will be with us much sooner. South Africa’s small population and few large cities will probably delay the demise of your car parked in your driveway for now. But not forever.
Everyone has their perspective on what the automotive world will look like in the future but few are as exciting as this. Introducing the Renault Morphoz – a concept of what Renault electric vehicles could be like in 2025, with an added twist.
If the looks weren’t enough to whet your appetite, how about the fact it can morph into different shapes? This futuristic concept car can transform into City mode or Travel mode, each with their own unique characteristics. Could this be a transformer in the making?
What is a circular economy? In a nutshell, it’s an economic system that focuses on eliminating waste and the continuous use of resources. The circular economy is also often referred to as circularity with systems looking at re-using, sharing, repairing, refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling. It attempts to create a closed-loop which minimises resource inputs and waste creation, pollution and notably, carbon emissions.
Not that you’d call a car cute but the exception has to be the Renault e-Plain Air concept which is based on the original Renault 4L. It was built by Renault Classic, Renault Design and Melun Retro Passion for the 10th anniversary of the Renault 4L festival. It was on display at the international festival between 19 and 21 July turning heads every which way..
Europe’s high-margin van segment is about to get even more competitive as Renault shows off their light-commercial vehicle range. The French automaker hopes to build on their already impressive leadership within the highly contested market with a few new faces.
“Bumper cars,” my son asserted when seeing the picture. “No, first mile/last mile transport. Autonomous nogal,” I replied. Enter EZ-Pod, Renault’s electric vehicle concept designed to carry people from here to there. The first/last mile.
The 2019 Seoul Motor Show revealed the Renault Samsung Motors XM3 Inspire Concept and from the onset, it was clear that the XM3 had a lot in common with the Renault Arkana which debuted at the Moscow International Auto Salon in Russia last August.
The 2018 Paris Motor Show revealed some jaw dropping concept cars with the Renault EZ-ULTIMO one of the standouts. While this autonomous shuttle may be far from reality, it is a tantalising glimpse into the future of motoring and ride sharing.
The Geneva Motor Show has always been a melting pot of astounding concept vehicles. But when fans saw this specimen, they thought it was a left-over from a sci-fi photo shoot. The Renault EZ-GO concept is a robo-taxi that flies in the face of all the norms. (And it does bring to mind Doc Brown’s flying DeLorean.)
If you are the average South African, you will buy at least two ruinously expensive things in your life: a home; and a car. If you (like me) are the very average South African your car will be the more spacious of the two. This is where Renault steps in to ask: why do we insist on thinking of these two things as being separate? Why can your car not be a part of your home instead of being apart from your home? Re-introducing Renault’s concept car/office/lounge/atrium: the Symbioz.