Renault announced in mid-January that the introduction of the Twingo Z.E. and the use of the new E-Tech hybrid and plug-in hybrid offerings will mark a new stage in its own electric offensive. In the meantime, the French car manufacturer has announced further facts and photos of the electric city car. The compact 5-door model has a 60 kW/82 hp electric motor instead of the gasoline unit in the rear and, thanks to a 21 kWh lithium-ion battery, has a range of 250 km according to WLTP.
The Twingo Z.E. will be launched in Germany at the turn of the year 2020/2021.
The Twingo Z.E. is one of eight all-electric and twelve electrified new models which the brand will introduce by 2022. In order to shorten the introduction to the series, the Twingo Z.E. uses ZOE technologies. In contrast to the VW e-up!, Skoda Citigo-e iV or Seat e-Mii, Renault's City-Car is based on a platform designed from the outset for electric drive. The compact 5-door offers even more driving comfort and agility than its sister models with a petrol engine.
The Twingo Z.E. is driven by a separately excited synchronous motor underneath the boot. This provides its maximum torque of 160 Nm from the start and enables seamless acceleration thanks to the constant reduction gearbox. The Twingo Z.E. accelerates from 0 to 50 km/h in around 4.0 seconds and has a top speed of 135 km/h, which means that the battery-powered model is also sufficiently fast on highways and motorways.
Renault ZOE makes its influences felt
The French have derived the electric motor, reduction gear and power electronics from the Renault ZOE. Final assembly of the Twingo Z.E. will take place in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, where the petrol versions of the city car will also be built. The Twingo Z.E. is the first Z.E. model ever to feature a water-cooled battery. This means that LG Chem's power storage unit always remains in the optimum operating range under high load and extreme temperatures.
The power storage unit can be charged using the patented battery charging system CHAMELEON CHARGER. This innovative technology allows the Twingo Z.E. battery to be supplied with alternating current in strengths of 230 and 400 volts and with charging capacities of up to 22 kW. This means that a half-hour break is sufficient to charge energy at a 22 kW charging point for 80 kilometres of driving in mixed operation. As usual with the combustion engine version, the charging connection is now located at the petrol filler neck. As with the other electric cars from Renault, charging is carried out via type 2 plug.
Depending on the equipment, the Twingo Z.E. has the EASY LINK online multimedia system with a high-resolution 7-inch (18-centimetre) touch screen. In addition to multimedia and navigation functions, the system provides customized information for electric cars, such as the nearest charging stations. The system also allows smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Renault Twingo Z.E. - Electric drive through and through
The Twingo Z.E. can be identified at first glance as a pure electric car. Depending on the equipment, blue decorative elements on the wheel hub covers or rims, among others, are white. There are also blue stripes on the vehicle flanks, which emphasise the contours of the shoulder line. The typical blue decor is also found on the clasps of the radiator grille. The lettering "Z.E. Electric" on the B-pillars and tailgate also suggests full electrification. In the interior, the Z.E. logo can be found on the selector lever for the reduction gear. The door sill trims of the front doors also feature the special Z.E. design.
At 240 litres, the trunk volume in accordance with the VDA standard corresponds to that of the Twingo variants with a petrol engine. When the rear seatback is folded down, a continuously level loading floor with a length of 1.34 metres is available, increasing the loading capacity to 980 litres. The passenger seat backrest can also be folded down ex-works, allowing objects up to 2.31 metres in length to be transported. The rear engine concept allows an extremely small turning circle. At 8.75 metres, this is still well below the class average and, like the vehicle length of unchanged 3.62 metres, makes a significant contribution to the high agility of the Twingo Z.E.
Source: Renault - Press release dated 24 February 2020