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Renault 5 platform

Renault 5 EV

The Renault 5, reborn as an electric car, is due to be unveiled in 2024. It will feature a new electric platform – known as ‘CMF-B EV’ – which will cost 30% less to manufacture than the platform in the Renault ZOE.

A range of new electric vehicles can be based on the new CMF-B EV platform, with adjustable tracks and wheelbases to allow for different body types and styles.

The Renault 5’s powertrain is comprised of three elements that have been integrated into one: a DC/DC converter that transforms the battery’s 400V into 12V, a battery charger, and equipment that manages power distribution. The result is a unit that is smaller and 20kg lighter than the components used in the ZOE.

The battery, which is housed inside the platform for added protection and which provides added rigidity to the underbody, is also 15kg lighter.

The Renault 5’s electric motor is based on that used in the ZOE and Megane E-Tech electric; it requires no rare-earth metals, meaning that large-scale production costs and the environmental impact are both lower.

Early electric Renault 5 prototypes are currently being tested with the same platform, powertrain and battery as the future production vehicle. 

The ‘mules’ have been subjected to winter conditions in Arvidsjaur (Swedish Lapland) as well as undergoing testing at the Renault Technical Centres in Lardy (greater Paris area) and Aubevoye (Normandy).