In a united effort, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance pooled all of their skills and resources to create an impressive new CMF-EV platform. It is effectively a redesigned version of the current CMF platform that Renault is already using to underpin most of its vehicles. There are several versions including the CMF-A, CMF-B, CMF-C/D with the Renault CMF-EV platform being the most recent.
The electric vehicles (EVs) that catch our attention tend to look as expensive as they are, or be a bit odd. Willy Wonka or Disneyland cars. But most of us drive normal cars, when not an SUV, then most likely a five-door hatch. When you move from your ICE hatch looking for an EV substitute there is one car that stands out.
Car manufacturers around the world are working tirelessly to deliver more environmentally friendly vehicles and some of the results have been astounding. However, few are as impressive in stature and technology as the latest rendering of the Renault Megane eVision concept hatchback.
The word ‘iconic’ is used too freely and has lost its impact when it is needed to describe something that is, well, iconic. The Renault Mégane suffers from this verbal inflation because it represented a new design direction when the first generation was launched in 1995. It moved the Renault needle from utilitarian to sexy, and the next three generations set the tone not only for other Renault models but car design in general.
There are two good reasons to move to electric vehicles (EVs). They are much cheaper to run than comparable internal combustion engine models and they are far greener, even when charged from coal power stations. Oh, but wait! They are very expensive to buy, lack range, and take forever to charge up again. Or are they?
The Renault Zandar. There is not much story here and there is a lot of story here. The not-much story is that Renault will launch a new all-electric SUV, possibly called the Zandar, next year, about the size of the Renault Captur and with a range of 300 – 500km and power output of 95 to 147kW. It will probably look a bit like the Morphoz concept. Ja well no fine. Too many ‘abouts’ and ‘maybes’ there.
There’s some good news from the French automaker as they are working on a potentially new Renault electric SUV. While the Renault ZOE is certainly a convincing addition to their range, they need an SUV to take on the ever-growing, competitive EV market.
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?
Right now the whole world is in a panic over coronavirus. In a strange dichotomy, the economic shock has shown us something unusual. From the canals in Venice running clean and full of fish for the first time in 500 years to CO levels over Los Angeles at early 20th century levels. But the virus will be beaten and we will go back to our old ways of ignoring our world.
The Renault Zoe joins the electric vehicle race as the Auto Expo 2020 revealed the next-generation model. This EV has been hugely popular and highly rated in Europe since its previous showing at the 2018 Auto Expo and now, it is heading to India.