Renault’s Zoe ZE took centre stage on the firm’s Frankfurt show stand. The four-metre all-electric supermini is part of a quartet of battery cars that Renault will be introducing to the European market over the next three years, and along with the Twizy city car, one of two models designed from scratch as all-electric.
Introducing the car to the Frankfurt public, Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn confirmed that the Zoe would be the last of that quartet to hit the market, due on sale in mid-2012. “It will be an ideal, zero-emissions second car,” he said, “perfect for the school run, or tackling the daily commute to work.”
While the Twizy, Kangoo Be Bop and Fluence ZE concepts are very close to production-ready, Renault insiders admit that the Zoe concept is a little more far-fetched.
"It’s size, proportions and mechanical details are a good guide for what’s to come,” a spokesman told us, “but the road car will be more conventional in the arrangement of its doors and in its interior layout.”