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”

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