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.
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.
quote: ...so for about a million dollars I can save $50 a week on gas. Sold!