Renault is partnering with OSVehicle and ARM in releasing what the companies say is the first open-sourced platform involving a mass-market automaker. That means third parties will be able to tap into Renault's POM platform to build their own electric vehicles. The rear-wheel-drive drivetrain technology enables the vehicle to have a single-charge range of as far as 62 miles and offers two top-speed options: 28 miles per hour and 50 mph. OSVehicle has posted a five-minute-long video on the technology here.
OSVehicle (the initials stand for "open source," of course) first made news in these pages in 2014 by unveiling its Tabby and Urban Tabby EV models, which the company said could be built by rather adventurous do-it-yourselfers in about an hour. Customers can buy variants of the Tabby EVO for anywhere between about $12,500 and $20,000.
Inside EVs, which has been tracking electric-vehicle sales in Europe, said late last month that sales of the Twizy in November, the most recent month tracked, rose 20 percent from a year earlier. That said, Twizy remains a low-volume seller, as only 187 were sold that month. By comparison, Renault sold almost 1,500 units of the Zoe electric vehicle in November.