From July Renault will perform demonstrations all over Europe of its new Kangoo be bop Z.E. electric car. Its technology underpinnings will run upcoming Renault-Nissan mass market electric vehicles.

Renault revealed the Kangoo Z.E. Concept at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. The Zero-Emissions all-electric powered concept has given birth to this Kangoo be bop Z.E. demonstrator that was unveiled to Renault shareholders in Paris. The Z.E. Concept featured technologies that Renault and its partner Nissan will install in their upcoming electric vehicles. Through their alliance the two companies aim to be the leaders in mass-produced electric cars from 2011 when Renault starts selling them.

The Z.E. is based on the production version of the Kangoo be bop. It features front and rear LED lights, 18-inch full disc wheels, a suspension system that is 20mm lower and it weighs 1,591kg (3,508lbs). The interior finishing is in satin-finish chrome and a metallic acidic green trim while the specific grey velour upholstery and embroidered 'printed circuit' motifs give it a futuristic feel.

Moving the be bop Z.E. is a 44kW (60hp) electric motor which revs to 12,000rpm! It produces maximum torque of 190Nm and helps the vehicle achieve an electronically-limited top speed of 130km/h.

AESC, a Nissan-NEC joint venture, has developed new-generation lithium-ion batteries to be used by the be bop Z.E. The batteries will also power the Renault-Nissan alliance's future mass market electric cars. For the prototype Z.E. the battery has a range of 100km which will increase to 160km in the production units. Charging can be completed through a plug-in socket on the front end near the headlight. The prototype also features a brake energy recovery system.

In July Renault will travel all over Europe performing demonstrations with the Kangoo be bop Z.E. Test drives will be available during this tour.


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