Renault unveiled Twingo Z.E. (Twingo Z.E.) in 2020. Twingo Z.E. is Renault's seventh EV. Renault's EV lineup includes Twizy Quadricle, Zoe, Kangoo Z.E. (Kangoo Z.E.), Master Z.E. van, SM3 Z.E. sold only in South Korea and K-ZE crossover sold in China.
Twingo Z.E. is called Super City Car. This is because it is an eco-friendly car optimized for commuting to and from downtown areas and has high fuel efficiency. Twingo, which has retained its A segment leader position in the French market, is Europe's fourth-best-selling A segment vehicle.
Twingo Z.E.'s exterior is dainty. The air intake of the front bumper and the "C" shaped LED signature head lamps show a vibrant and refined front. The blue parts highlighted on the grill and side lines can be replaced with custom animations.
The right and both B pillars of the tail gate are attached with the 'ZE Electric' badge. Various custom options such as body color, color package, stripping and wheels are offered.
The interior is generally cute but rather spacious. The center console is provided with a 7-inch touchscreen, the largest in its class. This allows users to access the Renault Easy Link and use the same service through the "My Renault smartphone app." The app also allows users to check the remaining battery levels from outside or remotely control heating and cooling. In addition, the customer can change the interior decoration to the desired color, such as dashboard strip color, vent contour, steering wheel spokes and gear lever border.
The new Renault Twingo Z.E. will share the platform and several electrical components with the Smart EQ ForFour in 2020. It is based on rear wheel drive, as is the case with smart EQ gun. The back of the vehicle is equipped with an electric motor instead of an engine. The electric motor provides a maximum power of 82 horsepower and a maximum torque of 16.3 kilogram-meters. The new Twingo Z.E., developed as an eco-friendly urban electric vehicle, comes with a single transmission, taking four seconds from stationary to 50 km/h, with a maximum speed of 135 km/h, allowing users to drive on any road in the country.
The difference between Renault Twingo Z.E. and Smart EQ Foos is battery capacity. Twingo Z.E. is equipped with a 22kWh lithium-ion battery pack supplied by LG Chem, which can travel up to 250km (WLTP general standard: 180km) based on the World Wide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) city. On the other hand, the smart EQ gun is equipped with a 17.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can travel up to 153 kilometers.
It takes 13 hours and 30 minutes to fully charge the discharged Twingo Z.E. from the 2.3 kW socket in the home. When upgraded to 3.7 kW monthly box, it will be reduced to eight hours, and 7.4 kW monthly box can be buffered in four hours. Renault claimed that the introduction of the 11kW charger can buffer from zero to 80 percent for two hours and 10 minutes and the 22kW charger within 63 minutes.
Twingo, meanwhile, first appeared in 1992 and sold more than 4 million units in 25 countries. With the introduction of Twingo's electric vehicle version, it is expected that A segment's electric vehicle market will expand.
Renault Twingo Z.E. will make its debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show and will be sold across Europe later this year. However, chances of making inroads into other areas are virtually slim. The price has yet to be announced.