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Renault’s classic 5 reborn as an electric vehicle in a new push for sustainability



With the Renault 5 (R5), the manufacturer hopes to launch the plan in force by offering a groovy Mini-type electric vehicle. “The design of the Renault 5 prototype is based on the R5, a cult model of our heritage. This prototype simply embodies modernity, a vehicle in keeping with its time: urban, electric, attractive, ”said Gilles Vidal, chief design officer.

To this end, it features design touches like headlights based on the original R5, a hood air intake that hides a cargo hatch and a “5” on the side grille, wheels and logo. back. Apart from the concept design, Renault did not reveal any other technical details. However, he describes the R5 as a “city car,” meaning it might not have a huge battery – much like the Honda E.


The other interesting vehicles come from a new brand called Mobilize. It is developing four mobility vehicles, two of which are for carsharing, one for transport and one for last mile deliveries. Renault aims for Mobilize to represent 20% of the group’s turnover by 2030.

One of the carsharing models is the ZE-1 prototype which looks a lot like Citroën’s tiny Which. The two-seater is designed for shared use, with drivers paying only for what they use in terms of time or mileage. It allows keyless access via a smartphone, while using a battery exchange system so that the vehicle can be used “without interruption”, according to Renault. The company added that it would be built with 50% recycled materials and that it would be 95% recyclable at the end of its life cycle.

As part of this plan, Renault will set up a key “electro hub” manufacturing base, probably in the north of France, to manufacture its EVs. He also announced a hydrogen joint venture with US company Plug Power, with the goal of developing fuel cell light commercial vehicles. Finally, Renault has said it wants to become a key player in technology in general, including in the areas of cybersecurity, clean energy services and more.




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