Renault Kangoo Be Bop Z.E.: Electric cars for the large series

Renault Kangoo Be Bop Z.E.

Electric cars for the large series

Renault Kangoo Be Bop Z.E.: Electric cars for the large series-electric
The electric car prototype Renault Kangoo Be Bop Z Z.E. should follow large series models in two years

Renault Kangoo Be Bop Z.E.: Electric cars for the large series-large

Elektro-van: an almost normal car

  • Site editor Bernhard Santer

The future very close: Renault wants to offer several models with electric drive in series in two years. We have already driven the prototypes.

Only the second glance reveals that this Renault Kangoo Be Bop is anything but an ordinary fun van: the closed rims and strange side flashing lights indicate the zero emission version-the driving prototype of an electric car. Anyone expecting a rickety handicraft stall with all kinds of buttons, cables and open plugs will be pleasantly surprised: the test carrier is better processed than many series model. Even with the space available, there is no compromises – apart from the five centimeter higher floor in the rear -.

An almost normal car

The BOP Z drives like an ordinary car.E. Then also, at least in the broadest sense: the steering is French, the suspension is also designed comfortably. And damn quiet is the panel van – but that’s because of the electric motor. It only makes a slight sum of itself, produces 60 hp and offers a maximum torque of 190 Newton meters from the stand. No one needs more strength if – as the concept provides – he is mainly on the move in the city.
The range of modern lithium-ion batteries is 100 kilometers, the destination until the market launch is 160 kilometers. "Although the vast majority of drivers do not drive more than 60 kilometers every day, we have to significantly exceed the psychological limit of 100 kilometers," believes Christine Tissot, responsible for the business development of electric vehicles at Renault. For example, the battery can be loaded at home at the normal household socket at home overnight. It takes around six to eight hours. In the quick charging mode with strong current, the “refueling” is shortened to half an hour.

Faster change

In the event that things have to go very quickly, Renault has at least one plan ready: change batteries. An intended is a network of bases in which the electrical units exchange their emptiness for a full battery. The car only has to be driven to a special ramp, where a machine changes the battery within three minutes. Transporting these plans into practice is now the job of Tissot. In addition, she wants to win the other automobile manufacturers to create similar systems.
In any case, the self -imposed schedule is tightly stuck. Renault will bring the first series vehicles onto the market as early as 2011, Tissot reveals: First a delivery van based on the Kangoo Express, then a family sedan in the size of the compact Megane and at the end of the year a city flea constructed as an e-mobile Year later an electrified VW golf competitor. In order to be able to make prices to a wide audience, Renault wants to sell the cars without a battery and then rent the batteries. According to Renault, the leasing costs should roughly correspond to the operating costs of a diesel vehicle.

New cars, new business model

Renault’s cooperation partner is the former SAP board member Shai Agassi. With the “Better Place” project, he wants to revolutionize the car market by copying the mobile phone business model: customers buy cars at a reasonable price or are provided free of charge. To do this, use an electric conconent to conclude a term contract for a fixed amount of electricity. So mileage volumes, no vehicles are sold. Even a flat rate is conceivable. Israel and Denmark are already there, other countries are to follow in the coming weeks.
"For large countries like Germany, however, the chances are bad to quickly build up the infrastructure necessary for this business idea," says Ferdinand DudenhOffer, automotive scientist at the University of Duisburg-Essen. In order to ensure a nationwide supply, around 1,500 battery change stations would have to be built, he estimates. And that is, at least in the initial phase, inconsiderable financially.
The plan with electromobility is brave, Christine Tissot from Renault admits. Ambitious too. But realistic, she says. Finally, the decision was made at the highest management level. "Our boss is known for achieving his ambitious goals," says Tissot. And unlike the Japanese manufacturer Toyota with its hybrid models, Renault wants to earn money with the electric cars from the first series car.

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12 thoughts on “Renault Kangoo Be Bop Z.E.: Electric cars for the large series”

  1. It just started!
    The comments of some petrol bolts are similar to the comments of the carriage drivers before 120 … Years when the first cars drove. The battery development is still in the beginning and considerable progress is made! Until the gasoline drive and diesel drive became somewhat reliable, it took decades. The battery technology will not take that long.

  2. Electric drive – more than a niche
    There are 9 million second vehicles in Germany. The average daily mileage lies LT. KBA at 40 km. That is about 5 kWh/d or a total of 45 million kwh/d. This corresponds to the production of around 1.5 large power plants. At the same time, EKFZ represent a very high storage capacity that is urgently needed to increase the use of renewable. And for longer distances? Sometimes something of railway and economical turboprop aircraft? (Need half as much as a mid-range car) for trucks we have to find solutions, Elektro has no chance.

  3. Would all cars in Germany
    converted to electrical and would only 1% of those at the same time "refuel", Then you need approx. 19 new nuclear power plants. And the necessary infrastructure for distributing these immense amounts of energy. That will never come! E-cars will always be niche markets. Unless a new source of energy would be found that could carry every car with them. But is not in sight.

  4. Rivers
    "…Like 100 years ago…" And then they drive on such round things that were invented for ages. The current state of engine development can really not be compared to the one. In addition, the electric motor is M.W.n. even older!

  5. California in the 90s
    Already strange, Chevrolet built an electric car in the 1990s because the California government issued a corresponding law. But that was only possible to lease. The law of the table and the cars were gone for three years later. The leasing vehicles were also moved in again. The battery company was sold to Texaco….Any questions?

  6. Why are electric cars always in
    tested the summer months. When is there a test that also proves everyday suitability in winter, with heating, blower, light, cold. Keep this through the batteries or then you have to drive with an extension cable.

  7. A wonderful contribution
    Very few question that… In extreme cold, a battery never brings the specified range, especially lithium batteries… So I laugh out electro drivers when they stop in winter…

  8. Electric cars in series:
    Everyone is waiting for electric cars and what advantages all of this, etc. I hear little about the fact that they don’t drive for nothing, but need electricity. Electricity is not cheap either and, above all, must first be there before using it to drive it. I would not let myself be on the fact that something will be big in 1-2 years.

  9. Change is necessary
    We drive through the world over 100 years after the invention of the automobile with technically upgraded and computer -sized vehicles. In reality, however, we step on a lever with our feet that moves a clutch plate that separates the engine from the gearbox and then moving around with an iron rod in the same way to select another gear around z.B. To speed up or down. The engine B.T.W. Consists of a metal block in which liquids are brought to explosion as it did 100 years ago to create drive. Anyone who wants to stick to it can do this. by the way… The automotive industry also sticks to it, but Otto normal consumers is full and refuses because the risk of price fluctuation f. Petrol is no longer calculable.

  10. Everyone speaks in 2-3 years
    I am so excited to see what will become of all these large -minded announcements. In 2-3 years I would again need an inexpensive city car for my wife. Let’s see what I get for the price of a corsa. Our current small car also drives with electricity, at least the battery is always empty in front of the tank, since the car is only moved 3-6km. On such short distances, an EMOBIL is really.

  11. Drive they all do well
    But the problem of energy storage density will deal with research for decades. Perhaps the industry can limit itself to three or four battery types that are interchangeable in the respective, assigned vehicle classes. Then you can easily replace the batteries at stations, long loading times for the user are omitted. This is the only way to see a chance for e-cars in the medium term.


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