It’s not uncommon to hear automobile enthusiasts wishing that carmakers would bring back classic models with updated, modern-day tech. It’s rarely profitable for companies to do that, and current requirements demand much from crashworthiness and emissions technology, but sometimes something quite awesome slips through. Look at what Renault has done, for example.
The Renault e-Plein Air is a fully electric re-creation of the classic Renault 4 and 4L “Plein Air” open-top version. The late-1960s original was reportedly designed to fulfill the needs of the military, even if it actually ended up as a beach car in the style of the Fiat Jolly instead. Now, a short-wheelbase retro version again meets the demands of the era: something simple, fun, classic-looking and most important, electric.
But not only do we love the e-Plein Air, we also wish it would make at least limited production and would invite other carmakers to create similar nostalgic re-creations of their classic models, tongue-in-cheek. While the mechanical symphony of a beat-up original “Quatrelle” is a thing to behold, seeing the same shape move with electric power is not a bad thing to imagine.