A Mégane-sized electric car will be crucial to Renault’s electric growth plans in Europe, according to the company's electric boss, Gilles Normand.
However, Normand said that Renault “definitely needs something bigger”.
“Zoe is B-segment, So we need to go down with A-segment – the K-ZE – and we need to go a little bit up. Our strategy is very clear: we want to cover the key segments in Europe [in the] A, B, and C segments.”
Normand hinted that the C-segment electric car would be an electric equivalent to the Kadjar. “The worldwide industry trend is SUV, so clearly going in an SUV direction is a good trend,” he said.
Such a car would also have a longer range than the Zoe and K-ZE, which claim 186 miles and 155 miles respectively.
“If you look at Zoe buyers’ profile, 80% of users fit with the current range of 186 miles," continued Normand. "For C-segment, it’s only 60%, so here we need more range.
“By 2022, we want more than 310 miles real usage, so we are working on it.”
The platform will be modular for use on numerous vehicles. However, the next-generation Zoe isn't expected to use it.
CMF-EV-based cars will be built at Renault’s Douai plant in France.