Renault unveils 5 electric vehicles and plans electric sports car with Lotus

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These are the cars of the Renaulution. This is the message from Renault, which today (January 14) has drawn up a roadmap for its journey towards electrification.

The announcement is underlined by a new electric concept car inspired by the iconic and much loved Renault 5 hatchback of the 70s and 80s. The car is described by Renault as “the rebirth of a cult car, more modern than ever. »And will be 100% electric.

Intended to “democratize the electric car in Europe”, the new Renault 5 concept is proudly presented in bright yellow and includes an outward facing digital display projecting the message “Hello” through the windshield. It will likely compete in Europe against the Mini Electric, Honda e, Corsa E and Fiat 500e, and potentially share part of its electric drivetrain with the popular Renault Zoe.

Renault said of the new Concept 5: “The styling cues taken from the original design hide some of the more modern features, for example: the hood [hood] the air intake conceals the cargo hatch, the rear lights include aerodynamic flaps and the fog lights in the bumper are daytime running lights. There’s even a nod to the original “5” on the side vent, wheels and rear logo. “

The French automaker hasn’t revealed any technical specifications for the car, but says the 5 will be one of 14 new vehicles slated for launch in 2025. Of those 14, seven will be fully electric and the rest will be hybrids. . All will be distributed over segments C and D.

Renault also today announced plans to work with British sportswear maker Lotus on a fully electric sports car, which will be built by the French company’s Alpine division. Renault and Lotus have signed a memorandum of understanding to “study a number of areas of cooperation, including the joint development of an EV sports car”.

Phil Popham, CEO of Lotus Cars, said: “Today’s announcement is the first step in what should be an extremely rewarding collaboration between our iconic brands. We are proud to work with Groupe Renault in this collaboration – sharing Lotus’ expertise and technical capabilities, and building on our long experience of successful collaborations … the co-development of an EV sports car is extremely exciting for our businesses, fans and customers around the world. “

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