Renault DeZir: 'leccy sex machine
'Warm, stimulating design'
The Renault DeZir, inspired by 'liquid sensation, wave-like movement and contrasts in light'
The all-electric two seater, Renault claims, will accelerate from a standstill to 100kph (62mph) in five seconds and reach a top speed of 180kph (112mph) thanks to a 150hp motor providing 226Nm (166lb-ft) of torque.
Those specs don't match the Tesla Roadster Sport's zero-to-60 acceleration of 3.7 seconds, nor its 288hp and 295lb-ft of torque, but the DeZir is, after all, a Renault.
Asymmetrical gull-wing doors — remember this is a concept car, not an exercise in practicality
Renault says the DeZir will have a 160km (100m) range before recharging, a process that will take eight hours when juice is applied "using a conventional household plug". If you have the benefit of a 400V three-phase current line, the DeZir can get to an 80 per cent charge in 20 minutes.
Its Kevlar body houses its motor amidships, and in a break from the standard bucket-style seats in sporty roadsters, driver and passenger can cuddle on a two-person front benchseat that, according to Renault, "provides cocoon-like comfort."
Renault didn't say why it chose this moment to reveal more details about a concept car that it says: "Builds on the bonds that are gradually forged between the brand and its customers at watershed moments of their lives, such as when they fall in love, start to explore the world, found a family, begin to work, take time to play and attain wisdom." Perhaps it wanted to share in some of the 'leccy buzz engendered by Tesla Motors' recent highly successful IPO. ®
Does it come in Petrol?
No, seriously. Why can't renault make cars like this anyway?
And, given that renault are notorious for electrical faults, is this really the way forward for them?
Interesting comment, that.
I've wondered how Toyota's Prius batteries are doing, now that they have a good few years on them. Also, as an electric car needs no fiddling with engine timing or regular motor lubricant replacement, do battery replacements every 5th year (or so) total the same as 5 years of engine tuning and oil changes? Surely the savings in petrol count for something too.
Carbon neutrality is all well and good, but what of the economics of the thing?
We should be told...
Sort of right...
..but it really isn't just water that comes out of the exhaust. It does actually make CO2 when it burns, just like any other hydrocarbon.
Still, the part about needing cheap, pollution-free electricity generation before being able to claim that electric cars are environmentally friendly is true enough.
There is one other point though. I get the impression that the manufacturers and dealers are much less happy about the reliability of electric vehicles in general -
... electric motors have fewer parts to wear out than an oil burner
... the need for an expensive and complex transmission is more or less eliminated due to the different torque characteristics
... there is no problem with lubricants being burned while the engine is operating, hence regular oil changes are not necessary
... reduced wear and tear on brakes since dynamic braking & KERS are such a natural fit
So it may be much harder for dealers & garages to justify so much servicing. Of course, it may just happen that charges per hour go up substantially to compensate for the reduced number of hours of work required, like they did with the improvements in reliability of cars between the '80s and now.....