- Renault EZ-GO: Robo-vehicle concept for shared urban mobility makes world premier, an urban, electric robo-vehicle concept designed for public or private services
- Introduction of a new 1.3-litre Energy TCe engine for Renault Captur and Renault Scenic.
- New R110 engine on Zoe, Europe’s top selling electric vehicle.
- The Renault Talisman line-up has been extended with the addition of an exclusive, racier S-Edition version which debuts the new 1.8 TCe 225 petrol engine
Geneva, March 6th 2018 – For 120-years Renault has been passionate about making life easier for customers.Today at the Geneva Motor Show, Renault introduced a robo-vehicle and ride-hailing concept, with an iconic design meant to integrate into the environment, and maximize new ways of moving around congested cities.
EZ-GO, the first robo-vehicle for urban, shared mobility
A first of its kind, Renault EZ-GO, an electric, autonomous, shared « robo-vehicle » concept is both a vehicle and a service that allows people to hail a ride either from a fixed or mobile location. Renault believes vehicle-service integration combined with connection to city infrastructure - leveraging sensors, data analytics, connected services, multimodal systems and more - will be a key characteristic of successful mobility solutions and smart cities of the future. EZ-GO, a shared robo-vehicle and service which could be operated by private or public companies, is complementary to passenger cars and public transport options such as the metro or buses.
“Ride-hailing and shared mobility services represent an important opportunity for Renault, especially in cities. Many have aging - or very young - populations, and people looking for new mobility solutions,” said Thierry Bolloré, Chief Operating Officer. “We’ve started exploring new mobility services already, and combined with our expertise in individual cars and light commercial vehicles, we believe Groupe Renault will be well-positioned to serve this potential market with electric, connected, autonomous mobility services in both consumer and business-to-business scenarios. EZ-GO is helping us further explore what the future could look like.”
Available on demand, via an application as well as through permanent stations throughout the city, the robo-vehicle combines the flexibility and comfort of individual cars with the efficiency, safety and worry-free driving delegation offered by public transport.
EZ-GO’s innovative architecture and cocoon-like styling was designed to maximize the field of vision of the autonomous system's sensors, and allow natural light through the panoramic glass roof. The robo-vehicle’s height does not interfere with pedestrians' view of the city. Once connected to its station, EZ-GO offers a wide flat floor flush with the boarding ramp, making it easy to get onboard, whether walking or with wheels. The characteristics of EZ-GO make it possible to change usage and user scenarios, keeping with the "Easy Life" approach which is at the heart of Renault’s DNA.
“We designed Renault EZ-GO to be an iconic symbol for cities. This electric, autonomous concept explores the positive potential impact of shared mobility for all,” said Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President Corporate Design. “Visually appealing and integrated in the urban environment, it offers an unprecedented 360 degree “open window” on the city and a convivial space for people to relax and enjoy the ride.”
Renault EZ-GO has level 4 autonomous driving capability which means the vehicle is able to manage its distance from the vehicle in front, stay in lane, change lanes and turn all by itself at a junction. It can also move into a safe position in cases of exceptional incidents in its vicinity, either by itself or through its connectivity with a monitoring center. Renault EZ-GO actively bolsters its users' safety thanks to its limited speed (50 km/h – 30 mph), its wide front opening is safe and away from the road for passengers when getting in and out, and the light marking the ground outside to indicate where the platform will land
4CONTROL, Renault’s innovative four-wheel steering technology, is also employed to impart agility and increased safety.
While EZ-GO represents a vision of the robo-vehicle of the future, Groupe Renault’s ambition is to bring new shared mobility solutions to market through a mix of car sharing, carpooling, ride hailing and robo-vehicle services. To deliver these mobility solutions Groupe Renault will continue in an open innovation approach with partners, public sector and leveraging the deep R&D resources across Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.
2018 ZOE and its new R110 engine
The 2018 ZOE edition, Europe’s best-selling electric car, inaugurates a new 100% electric 80kW motor. In addition to carrying over the R90’s outstanding energy efficiency, the R110 packs a combination of electrical machine- and power electronics-related innovations that have yielded an extra 12kW with no increase in either weight or volume. Drivers will benefit from crisper acceleration performance on trunk roads, since the new motor shaves almost two seconds off ZOE’s 80-to-120kph time. This is a significant improvement which provides even greater peace of mind at higher speeds. At lower speeds, meanwhile, the R110 packs the same punch as the R90 from which it is derived thanks to the instant availability of peak torque of 225Nm, making ZOE as nimble as ever in urban areas.
The R110: Renault’s first electric motor to be certified in accordance with the new WLTP standard (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure) that replaces the NEDC one. The introduction of the R110 takes the number of variants of the Renault motor available for Kangoo Z.E., Master Z.E., ZOE and Daimler’s Electric Drive Smart to five (44kW, 57 kW, 60 kW, 68 kW and 80 kW).
Android Auto-enabled R-LINK Evolution is now available for ZOE, which means drivers will be able to display driving-compatible Android applications stored on their smartphone on their car’s multimedia screen.
The 2018 model-year ZOE range features a stylish new, dark, metallic body colour: Blueberry Purple.
The new engine will equip the car range sold in Romania starting with the second half of this year.
New 1.3-litre TCe engine
Renault is to present a new 1.3-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine, co-developed by the Alliance and Daimler. The new powerplant combines significantly greater driving enjoyment with higher torque at low engine speeds, plus higher, more consistent torque at higher revs and lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The Renault Talisman line-up has been extended with the addition of an exclusive, racie S-Edition version which debuts the new 1.8 TCe 225 petrol engine mated to seven-speed EDC automatic transmission. The new powerplant provides enhanced driving enjoyment thanks to its brisk acceleration and pick-up performance, courtesy of its 225 horsepower (165kW) and 300Nm torque. The S-Edition has a sporty interior featuring black trim with red top-stitching and a focus on comfort. It brings a 4Control Pack, Electronic Damper Control and new 19-inch alloy wheels as standard.
“With S-Edition, Talisman adds the sporty touch waited for our customers in the range. The new 1.8-litre 225hp engine blends power with refinement to deliver even greater driving enjoyment,” says Sandra Gomez, D Segment Program Director.