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Renault's eccentric new concept is an ideal ride for Poison Ivy

By PetrolHead on 11 Apr 2013

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French automaker Renault and British designer Ross Lovegrove have collaborated on a new nature inspired EV concept - the Twin'Z.

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The 980kg weighing Twin'Z is essentially an EV, rear-wheel driven car featuring a rear mounted motor that is good for a range of 160km. The motor produces 68bhp and 260Nm of torque for a top speed of 130km/h. The concept aims to bring together two worlds in which design plays a prominent role - furniture and automobiles.

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The design language centres around the phases of the human life cycle represented as a six-petal flower. Inspiration comes from iconic models, such as the Renault 5 and Renault Twingo.
The location of the rear-mounted motor and four lithium-ion battery packs allows an ample cabin space on top of renowned handling that makes it a delight to drive.

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The human life cycle inspired design fits Renault’s determination to accompany its customers during the key phases of their lives and in the case of the Twin’Z – the notion ‘Play’.

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The Twin'Z's measure only 3,627mm long, sits 1,705mm wide, and stands 1,506mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,495mm.

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The striking blue finish pays tribute to 20th century French painter Yves Klein and besides echoing France's cultural heritage, it also mirrors the virtues of our planet. The front and rear hinged suicide doors open electrically via touch-sensitive buttons to reveal the absence of a central pillar.

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The 18-inch wheels feature a glowing green finish and their design is based on intelligent growth structures. The solid central core splits into slender branches while the bespoke Michelin developed tyres continues the pattern to provide a unity between the two functions.

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The name of the car is picked out in gold letters on the rear window, while the 'LOVEGROVE' signature has been moulded into the bottom of the front doors.

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The Twin'Z's lacks the presence of a dashboard, which means that front occupants enjoy exceptional room. Use of HMIs (Human Machine Interfaces) has been minimised, with a single centrally-mounted touchscreen tablet. A smartphone located in the driver's line of sight display's the vehicle's speed, range-related information and the principal warning lights.

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