• Mar 11th 2011 at 5:10PM
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Renault will launch its fifth battery-powered model, an electrified version of its Twingo minicar, dubbed the Twingo Z.E. (Zero Emission), in the second half on 2014. When it hits the market, the electric Twingo will join Renault's battery-powered quartet: the Kangoo, Fluence, Twizy and Zoe.

Speaking on the sidelines of a media event in Rome, Jacques Bousquet, head of Renault's Italy division, credited the automaker's alliance with Daimler AG with the earlier-than-expected launch date for the Twingo Z.E. The partnership between Renault-Nissan and Daimler includes the development of a combined platform that will eventually underpin the next-generation Twingo. Before Penske bailed on the Smart distribution deal, that same platform was to be the basis for a four-door model sold under the Smart banner.

Bousquet said that Renault will eventually expand its electric van lineup beyond the battery-powered Kangoo, which means that no less than six plug-in models, all bearing the Renault badge, will come charging out of the French automaker's factories soon. Well, soon-ish. Hat tip to David!

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      make it aerodynamic and light Carlos
        • 4 Years Ago
        marcopolo, because the truth cannot be killed.
        these men of power and wealth should listen to me because what I say is the truth.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lets see, I'm Carlos Ghosn of Renault/Nissan/Ssangyong, I control billions of dollars of investment and am responsible for the lives and destinies of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of families. I've just authorised, after years of development, investment of hundreds of millions, and the efforts of hundreds of engineers and expert designers, the production of a new model.

        But Wait!!!!

        Stop everything, I've just received an important instruction from Grampus 1 . Brilliant, sorry guys we'll all have to start again!!

        Ol' Dan over at the cracker barrel doesn't like it!

        كارلوس غصن, sacre bleu! My god, how foolish of me! I should have listened ! Dan's always bloody croaking on about "aerodynamic" and "light" !

        Although, wait a minute why don't I do every one a favour, and send a coupla' "Boys from Brazil' around to fold ol' Dan into something areo and light and then.......that'll give the hoaxsters something to think about!

      • 4 Years Ago
      Nah, I'd never own a car named a Twingo, petrol or EV.

      But I guess you might.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ David Martin

        Calm down! Now you prejudice for Renault is showing!

        'Twingo" is a pretty silly name for any car maker to choose. Right up there with the Nissan Cedric.

        Dont be so humourless, you don't have to be macho to think twingo is a bit odd.

        I mean, think about it, " I'll just go and get my twingo?'' . Great material for northern club comedians, "sorry, ah, was just playing wit ma Twingo".!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, I usually focus on how good a car is, not on what it is called.
        Presumably as long as it is called something suitable macho you would buy anything.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There can't be any more stupid EV names left, can there? Aren't they all taken?


      There's the Twingo.

      LOL. The hits just keep on comin'...
        • 4 Years Ago
        So you have no objection to the name Twingo for the existing petrol car production, but only when it is used for an EV car?
        Your prejudice is showing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Twingo is a well known and very successful city car here in Europe. An Twingo EV closes the gap between the two seater Twizy and the a lot bigger Zoe. Now only a seven-seat van is missing and they'd have a full EV lineup.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm an American living in Germany ATM and recently bought a Twingo. We chose a sportier-looking package (Rip Curl) and it's really fun to drive even though the engine is nothing special. It's also practical since we chose the version with fold-up rear seats and can fit quite a bit in the back. So I'm totally going to trade this one in for an electric one when it's available! (BTW, "Twingo" comes from a combination of "Tango" and "Swing")
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if the leaf will have delivery problems now with the quake stuff
      • 4 Years Ago
      There are two versions of the Kangoo ZE coming, one with a longer body, so effectively Renault are doing six electric vehicles aside from any other van they may bring out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wonder what petrol engine the Twingo has, but the radiator seems extremely small?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ David Martin

        I realise it's only been a few days, and you have probably been buzy, or overlooked this particular thread. but I'm sure I'm not the only contributor to ABG who would appreciate an answer to the relationship you enjoy with Renault?

        It would certainly assist to put your postings into an accurate context?
        • 4 Years Ago

        This is not intended as a critisism, but a genuine enquiry. What, if any, is your connection to Renault?

        I ask this, purely out of interest, since you seem such a passionate advocate for the Boulogne-Billancourt based firm.

        I also wondered if you know of the exellent range of commercial EV from the French firm of Goupil.?
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