Renault DeZir Concept

Renault DeZir Interior Mock Up  (Source: Autoblog)
Car has 100 mile driving range and crazy yin/yang gull wing doors

Car shows and concept cars go together like peanut butter and jelly. Many of the concept cars that are unveiled at shows today are electric or hybrid vehicles that take advantage of green construction and propulsion systems.

Renault is set to unveil its cool DeZir concept car in Paris this fall. The car is a low slung, sexy little number with an all-electric drive train and gull wing doors. The car uses the same battery pack found in the Nissan Leaf EV reports 
Autoblog. The car also gets roughly the same 100 mile driving range on all electric propulsion.

The battery pack in the DeZir is vertically mounted behind the pair of seats inside the car. It is a 24 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion unit and it is configured for quick replacement. The Renault concept is much lighter than the Leaf with a weight of 1,830 pounds. 
Green Car Congress reports that the power rating is 148 hp with 167 lb/ft of torque. The low weight and power output of the electric motor combine for a 0-60 time of about five seconds flat.

In addition to lightweight, the DeZir is also designed for low drag with a drag coefficient of 0.25.

The car uses the suspension design that Renault uses in its Megane Trophy racer, which is a double wishbone arrangement. The body panels of the car are made from Kevlar and the frame is made from tubular steel.

"DeZir is a statement of our new formal design language which conveys notions such as movement, sensuality and emotion through ideal proportions, in much the same way as an object whose forms have been honed by nature. The result is a warm, stimulating design that says 'Renault'," explains Axel Breun, Renault's Director of Concept Car and Show Car Design.

Recharging the battery pack via a normal plug at home takes eight hours; a 400V three-phase charger can fill the battery to 80% in 20 minutes.

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