Renault’s New TwinZ Electric Concept Car Turns Heads in Milan

Renault is making another effort to persuade us that electric cars are cool and they’re doing a pretty good job of it. The TwinZ was unveiled last week at Milan’s Triennale design museum, appropriate as the TwinZ does look more like a piece of art than a car.

The TwinZ has a range of range of 99 miles and a top speed of 81 miles per hour, pretty much the sort of performance that you’d expect from an electric car. However, that’s where the annoying stuff ends. The TwinZ is a beautiful piece of design work.

Renault invited British designer Ross Lovegrove to design elements of both the interior and exterior of the car. The result is a futuristic interior that takes its inspiration from natural forms that seem to flow around you. The controls are all touch screen and there is liberal use of composite materials for the seats and fittings.

Perhaps the most striking feature of the car is the swath of LEDs that run from the headlights across the roof and to the rear of the car that not only provide the normal lighting functions but can also be coloured to the user’s preference.

The TwinZ is firmly a concept car but some of its features may make their way into next years Renault Twingo release.

Personally I love the idea of the TwinZ, it reminds me of the cars we used to see in science fiction art of the 21st century when I was a kid, but electric cars still have a long way to go before we’re all driving them. Granted they have the advantages of great torque (the twisting force that drives the wheels), no harmful emissions and no gear changes; unfortunately that needs to be balanced off against poor range, long charge times and poor internal heating. If these issues can be addressed by emerging technologies…sign me up for a TwinZ!