The Renault Twizy two-seater, due on sale next year, will almost certainly remain a Renault-only model and will not be part of the new collaboration with Daimler.
The electric vehicle is seen as the perfect vehicle to establish Renault as a leader in the electric car field. It will have a 15kW (20bhp) motor with a range of 60 miles and a top speed of 45mph, and will be available either as a two-seater or as a single-seater.
It is one of four electric cars being launched by Renault from 2011: the Zoe supermini, Kangoo van and Fluence saloon will all be made available in the UK.
The Fluence, Kangoo and Zoe will share a 70kW (94bhp) motor, with a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 80mph.