French automaker Renault just unveiled a striking green supercar that embodies the company’s new slogan — “Drive the Change” — and its new commitment to the future. Dubbed the DeZir, the smoothly-sculpted concept car boasts a wave-like body, sensual curves, and an all-electric motor that will propel it from 0 to 60 in 5 seconds. The car has an average range of 100 miles and it uses Renault’s Quick Drop system, which allows drivers to quickly exchange the battery instead of waiting around for it to charge.
The DeZir has the same 24kWh lithium-ion battery that powers the Nissan Leaf, and the all-electric motor is the same featured in all other Renault zero-emissions vehicles. However, Renault promises a faster driving experience in the DeZir thanks to upgraded power and torque. The fluid body of the DeZir is made from Kevlar, minimizing the weight of the car, and the engine is optimally placed for balanced weight distribution.
“DeZir is a statement of our new formal design language which conveys notions such as movement, sensuality and emotion through ideal proportions, in much the same way as an object whose forms have been honed by nature. The result is a warm, stimulating design that says ‘Renault’,” says Axel Breun, Renault’s Director of Concept Car and Show Car Design.
The DeZir project is the first project to be led by Renault’s new Design head, Laurens van den Acker, and is a starting point for all new vehicles to come. Renault is dedicated to simple, sensuous design and user friendly vehicles. Though we’re not sure yet whether we’ll see the DeZir on the streets — it being a concept car — we are certainly thrilled by its simple, sensuous design.
Via Autoblog Green