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!