Hot on the heels of the announcement about the Renault ZOE gaining a 250 mile range, the company has also unveiled the all-electric Renault Trezor GT concept at the Paris Motor Show.
The Renault Trezor is an all-electric two-seater Grand Tourer concept car, following in the footsteps of the 2010 Renault DeZir concept (which inspired the lines of the new Renault Clio in 2012). The Trezor also has autonomous driving capability.
In addition to being Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle manufacturer, Renault is also contributing directly to the expansion of all-electric motorsport through its participation in the FIA Formula E Championship.
The Trezor’s motor is derived from the Renault e.dams, two-time winner of the Formula E Teams’ world title.
With a maximum power of 260kW (350hp) and peak torque of 380Nm, it provides acceleration from standstill to 62mph in less than four seconds.
The Trezor features two batteries, each of which has its own cooling system optimised by the variable-geometry air intake incorporated in the bonnet.
The Trezor also incorporates a brake-operated energy recovery system, courtesy of the Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) technology developed for Formula E racing.
Thanks to its batteries being located separately, one at the front and the other at the rear, the rear-wheel drive Trezor has optimal weight distribution.
The ultra-low bodywork – which contributes to a very low centre of gravity -optimises aerodynamics to achieve a drag co-efficient (Cd) of just 0.22.
To improve battery range and performance, Renault Design paid special attention to taking weight out of the vehicle. The chassis incorporates a central carbon cell mated to tubular steel frames front and rear. The monocoque and access hatch are made from carbon. This results in the 4.7 metre long vehicle weighing 1,600kg.
The Trezor offers a choice of three driving modes: neutral, sport and autonomous.