K-ZE: electric mobility made affordable
The manufacturer has unveiled exciting new ventures in its electric future. Announced by Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Groupe Renault, during a side event to the Paris Motor Show, Groupe Renault is acting on its promise to offer both electric and electrified vehicles to customers as part of its strategic plan “Drive the Future”. Renault also offers its vision on the future of electric in-transit experience.
The Chinese market is ready and waiting for 100% electric vehicles, and Groupe Renault, together with Alliance partner Nissan and Chinese experts, are ready to respond to that need. A joint venture, e-GT, was created in 2017 in order to develop innovative affordable EVs (electric vehicles), with accessibility one of the collaboration’s priorities. The result of this venture can now be revealed. “Groupe Renault was a pioneer and is the European leader in electric vehicles. We are introducing Renault K-ZE, an affordable, urban, SUV-inspired electric model combining the best of Groupe Renault: our leadership in EV, our expertise in affordable vehicles and in forging strong partnerships”, said Carlos Ghosn.
K-ZE, Groupe Renault’s very first A-segment 100% electric vehicle, is the manifestation of this French-Chinese collaboration. Affordable, SUV-inspired, fully electric, urban and capable of 250 km NEDC, the K-ZE features a seductive, sporty design with assertive lines and a muscular, compact footprint.
Enjoyment and everyday use are two of the most important objectives when it comes to EV. The K-ZE will be a pleasure to drive, practical, functional, reliable and affordable. An everyday car that all drivers will enjoy.
Groupe Renault is extending its electric range even further by offering new options to customers: PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) and HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) on three of its well-established models. From 2020, in Europe, the new Capture and Megane will be offered in Plug-in Hybrid versions, and the new Clio in a Hybrid model.
This will give customers more flexibility to switch between fuel and electric. Consumers will have the possibility to go electric without having to change their routines. Thanks to an innovative, 100% in-house technology, these hybrid versions will also be affordable and enjoyable to drive.
Groupe Renault is making in-transit interesting. As mobility continues to evolve with connected and autonomous cars, users will seek a more sophisticated on-board experience to maximize travel time – personally and professionally. At the Paris Motor Show 2018, Groupe Renault presents a serie of innovative concept cars, with the future of transportation at the forefront.
Meet the robo-limousine with Augmented Editorial Experience (AEX). Through 4 scenarios in a 222-degree projection, visitors can experience how their daily time spent in a car might be different, with the benefit of premium, interactive, personalized content from Challenges Group, shown inside a full-size capsule.
Next to the capsule sits a Renault luxury concept car, an electric, autonomous, connected robo-vehicle, making it easy for people to imagine what the experience might be like in the autonomous drive car of the future.
Groupe Renault looks to be in the driving seat of electric mobility. “With the advent of connected, autonomous vehicles, customers will expect more of their traveling time. Experimenting with Groupe Challenges, we imagine what tomorrow’s connected, personalized mobility experience could be”, Carlos Ghosn said. “Access to premium content delivered through unique on-board experiences for drivers and passengers will become key differentiators”.
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