Zoe mega-hatch won’t sire Renault Sport production car
THE RENAULT ZOE e-sport concept won’t have a life beyond the show stand, according to Jean-christophe Kugler, chairman of Renault’s operations in Europe.
Kugler described the 460bhp e-sport concept as “a link car — a styling exercise intended to connect the Zoe road car with what Renault is doing in Formula E racing, and to send a message that EVS are fun to drive. It’s not a signal of the future for Zoe, and we have no intention of developing a performance version.”
Renault is benefiting from the technology being developed in Formula E, Kugler said, and the company is creating new technology that is destined for future road cars. However, he maintained that Renault’s current focus continues to be on bringing EVS into the mainstream.
He said: “We are EV pioneers and are beginning to benefit from our bravery. Zoe ZE40 is helping us to convince customers that we are solving the biggest challenges to the adoption of an electric car with its more usable autonomy.
“But our electric vehicle customers aren’t interested in performance applications yet. Perhaps BMW and Mercedes can use performance to sell EVS, just like Tesla does. But it’s a long way off for us,” he said.
Zoe e-sport: intended to show “EVS are fun”