The declassified version of the electric city car Renault Twingo with the prefix Z. E., which the company Renault will present in Geneva.
The novelty has kept the functionality of the gasoline compacts, however, the engine is installed 82-horsepower (160 Nm) electric motor and under-floor mounted battery with a capacity of 22 kilowatt-hours. Urban cycle WLTP City Twingo Z. E. can travel without recharging of 250 kilometers.
For Renault Z. E. Twinzo saved zadnemotornyh layout, so that the electric motor drives the rear wheels only. As predicted by insiders, 82-horsepower electrical installation “shared” EQ Smart ForFour, however, the traction battery from the city-cars are different: the Smart comes with a lithium-ion battery capacity of 17.6 kilowatt-hours, and for the Twingo Z. E. has adapted more efficient, 22-kilowatt-hour.
Externally and in the cabin an electric car is practically no different from the petrol Twingo: “environmental cleanliness” issue only nameplates, appliques on the sides, blue inserts on the radiator grille and a special skin of the instrument panel.
On “gentle” cycle WLTP urban City Twingo Z. E. can travel up to 250 kilometers, but in “normal” mode, including driving on the highway, the autonomy drops to 180 kilometers. But the electric car is capable of accelerating from standstill to 50 kilometers per hour in 4 seconds and reach maximum speed of 135 kilometers per hour.
From a household socket Twingo Z. E. will charge from zero to 100 per cent 13 hours and 30 minutes. From 3.7-kW source charging time will be reduced to 8 hours, and 7.4-kilowatt “supercharge” will reduce waiting up to 4 hours. From a quick 11-kilowatt charging to 80 percent can be recharged in 2 hours 10 minutes, and if you find a 22-kilowatt device, the battery will be filled in four divisions of five in just 63 minutes.
Electric Twingo Z. E. will be offered to buyers at the same time with the petrol versions with the “aspirated” and 1.0 turbo engine volume 0.9 liters. Prices are not announced yet: the price list will unveil at the Geneva motor show. Renault expects that the share of electric cars in the European sales of the Twingo will be from 15 to 30 percent.
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For Renault city car became the seventh green model after tiny Twizy Z. E., the Zoe hatchback, Kangoo Z. E. vans and Master Z. E., the Korean sedan Samsung SM3 Z. E. (electric Fluence), as well as Chinese crossover City K-ZE. Another novelty of the French automaker’s budget will be electric under the brand Dacia – concept version of it will show next week.