Renault's Zoe Zero Emission Z.E. Concept comes alive at Frankfurt, featuring niceties like interior scent functions and butterfly rear doors. Power is 70kW (95hp) and is stored in lithium-ion batteries.

One of four zero-emission concepts by Renault is now in the public domain thanks to the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Zoe Z.E. Concept was designed to meet ever-growing cleaner driving needs but also provide buyers with a pretty-looking mode of transport. Of course this is a subjective matter but that was the aim nonetheless.

The concept is 4.1m long, 1.8m wide, 1.5m high and its wheelbase is not bad at 2.6m. Power is stored in the lithium-ion batteries and the system is able to conjure up some 70kW (95hp) and maximum torque of 225Nm. There are no 0 - 100km/h sprint figures available yet but Renault says it will reach top velocity of 140km/h (87mph). The mated transmission type is direct drive with forward/reverse inverters.

The rear end features a retractable spoiler with LED lighting technology, that deploys at speeds over 90km/h. It also serves as a brake light, just like the integrated light in the shark's fin-type aerial on the roof.

Some of the Zoe Z.E. Concept's technical highlights include a roof that insulates from heat or cold and also recovers energy via its honeycomb photovoltaic cells. The rear and front lights are protected from small impacts by a polyurethane gel while the batteries are cooled by the air intakes located on either side of the car. Both sets of entry doors are designed differently; front doors are scissor types while the rear features butterfly-style doors which also act as boot entry points.

Get this; the air blown by the climate control system inside comes mixed with a hydrating substance to keep the skin soft. There's also the Active scent function to create an interior mood using smells and a Detox function that extracts harmful substances from the cabin. These systems were developed in conjunction with a division of L'Oréal.


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