Two of the firms four electric concepts will enter production by 2012
6 November 2009

Renault has confirmed it will be putting its all-electric Twizy ZE city car into production in 2011.

The production version is likely to remain relatively unchanged from the concept unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September and it will be built at the firm’s Valladolid plant in Spain.

Renault Twizy drivenRenault Zoe first driveRenault Fluence reviewRenault Kangoo ZE tested

The Modus and some Clio models are built at the plant near Madrid and it has been chosen for its experience in building small cars.

Valladolid’s sister plant in Flins, France will be used to build a production version of the Zoe ZE supermini concept in 2012, although unlike the Twizy, it won’t bear much resemblance to the concept seen at Frankfurt.

The Flins site will then become the central hub to Renault's EV activity, producing the company's core electric supermini as well as manufacturing and recycling EV batteries. The all-electric supermini based on the Zoe is predicted to make up two thirds of the firm’s EV sales in Europe.

The firm will begin marketing its electric cars in 2011 ahead of the Twizy going on-sale later that year or early in 2012.

Video - Steve Cropley drives the Renault Twizy

A letter of intent has also been signed today between the Renault-Nissan alliance, the Atomic Energy Commission and France’s Strategic Investment Fund to set up a French joint venture focused on EV battery advanced research, industrialisation and recycling.

Renault will use its battery plants in France, the UK and Portugal to supply EVs built around Europe, with the first batch set to come from the Flins site.

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “Realising the potential of zero-emission mobility on a mass scale requires unique collaboration between public and private sectors.”

Twitter - follow autocar.co.ukSee all the latest Renault reviews, news and video

Join the debate

Comments
11

6 November 2009

fantastic!!!! i am going to get one! the future of the car is superb with this and all the other electric vehicles coming out! brilliant! (cannot wait)

-this car will be a sure fire sales hit!

6 November 2009

I wonder,how much it will cost?

Sorry,i don't see the point.

6 November 2009

I agree with CapsLock. I hope Toyota brings out its Glider too.

6 November 2009

Are you really going to go down the road in one of them? A one person electric car? We have something even better than that for inner city - its called walking. Sorry don't see the point - plus imagine a million of these in london - you'll get squashed by a bus!

6 November 2009

It's two person.

6 November 2009

Great news. Hope the overall shape of the Zoe will stay - it's the most adventurous Renault we've seen for a while. But the Twizy, wow. Now that IS going to be good. I hope at least some of the super cool interior makes it, too, and that Renault will price it right. Looking forward to this.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

7 November 2009

I'm sorry - that thing looks rediculous - people would point and laugh. I will.

7 November 2009

Not sure I'd fancy being in a prang in one of those - it looks like your feet would be the crumple zone.

7 November 2009

I'm sure I've seen this design somewhere before but in a more enviromentally friendly form.

Ah, here it is!

7 November 2009

That raised a smile.

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    It's got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again