This Renault Kangoo Z.E. Concept is definitely made to fit the lifestyle and daily driving needs of customers living in urban and sub-urban areas. For instance, with dimensions of 3.95 meters (length) and 1.85 meters in height, the Kangoo Z.E. Concept is nimble and agile enough to drive in and through urban areas.
It features a sizeable amount of torque at 226Nm that is available at all times, allowing drivers to accelerate anytime they want in built-up areas. This new concept from Renault aims to provide a glimpse of a possible future of mobility for professional road users – like urban-based transporter and delivery companies – while featuring the same attributes of the Kangoo in terms of space, safety and comfort.
Cargo loading is easier on the Kangoo Z.E. Concept, thanks to its hatch-type rear door and wide folding sill that allows users to easily slide their loads into the boot. As is an electric vehicle, the Kangoo Z.E. Concept has been designed to minimize energy consumption while still featuring modern comfort-related elements. For instance, Renault used heat-reflective paint and bodywork with large surface areas to reduce temperature fluctuations.
The concept's bodywork has been designed to work like a Thermos flask -- two insulating panels sandwiching a pack of air in between. The air between the panels is used to moderate temperature extremes between the exterior and the interior of the concept car. Renault also optimized thermal insulation through a special treatment of the glazed surfaces, thereby giving the car's climate control and heating systems – which consumes lots of energy -- less work to do.
Moreover, the French carmaker installed solar panels on the roof to provide power to a temperature regulation system fitted inside the Kangoo Z.E. Concept. While this temperature regulation system uses a good amount of power to keep the interior as cool as possible, it also maintains a comfortable temperature even when parking or at a standstill, thereby putting off the need to boost the concept's climate control system when entering the car on a hot day.
Furthermore, Renault made sure that the layout of the heating and climate control systems is able to achieve an efficient balance between performance and energy consumption. Since the impression of heat is mainly felt by the face and hands, Renault placed the systems accordingly in location where they could instantly make the difference on the occupant's more heat-sensitive areas. For instance, if the cabin temperature is around 15 degrees Celsius, warmth is directed to more heat-sensitive areas via a heated steering wheel.
Interestingly, Renault removed the drag-producing exterior mirrors and replaced them with streamlined, low-energy cameras powered by the solar panels on the roof. Additionally, these low-energy cameras provide enhanced all-round practical visibility. Moreover, the concept features headlights that use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that are much more energy efficient and more durable. The concept also employs full-disc aluminum alloy wheels that generate less drag.
Aside from being energy efficient, the Kangoo Z.E. Concept is also interactive and user-friendly. The logos would illuminate when the vehicle senses that its occupants are approaching, Additionally, the car is fitted with polyurethane gel bumpers that deform easily to absorb minor bumps, making the concept safer for both its drivers and pedestrians.
Incredibly, the Kangoo Z.E. Concept features a lighted linear display placed on the exterior portion of the door that tells how much range the car still has even before its driver enters – just like a charge indicator of a cell phone. Renault also fitted the Kangoo Z.E. Concept with advanced navigation system interfaces to better manage its energy requirements.