9.2.2018Renault and Nissan group steps up EV plans
Renault and Nissan have been firming up future electric car plans, as two of the world's leading plug-in car manufacturers look to build on their current line-ups in the next few years.
According to reports in Autocar, Renault is set to launch a new, more powerful version of the Zoe at Geneva. This follows a new set of trends in expanding a manufacturer's electric car portfolio without requiring the huge engineering commitments of developing a completely new model.
BMW has launched the i3s with a more powerful motor and wider track, and the new Nissan Leaf will be available with different power and range options, as will the forthcoming Jaguar I-Pace and Hyundai Kona Electric, amongst others. Now Renault is looking at boosting power for its popular electric supermini.
Set to be known as the Zoe R110, Renault will give the new model a 16hp (12kW) power increase over the current R90 model. Autocar is uncertain of whether the battery capacity will increase, though this seems unlikely since the Zoe's range was only increased recently. Any changes are expected to be slight for this generation of the car.
At the same time, Automotive News reports that the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance's plans for 12 new electric vehicles by 2022 will see four heading to Nissan, and two planned for the company's luxury arm Infiniti.
No further details have been confirmed, but Nissan's e-Power range extender technology is not included in those EV plans, with the focus only on pure-electric models.