According to Khabar Khodro, Renault's next two electric
vehicles will be crossovers or SUVs based on the firm’s new CMF-EV platform and
arrive by 2022.
The first will be a Kadjar-size SUV, as reported by
Autocar last year, but the second is also likely to be a high-riding model as
Renault looks to capitalise on consumer trends.
Renault EVs boss Gilles Normand claimed it "will be
crossover or SUV, rather than hatchback” but added that it must be more
aerodynamic than a usual car of this type. "In the EV world, we are sensitive
to drag: air efficiency around the car,” Normand said. "With these new
applications, we are up to 550km [400 miles] of driving range.”
The new Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance CMF-EV
platform, as previewed on Renault’s recent shapeshifting Morphoz concept, is
scalable in width, height and length, explained Normand, although limited to
compact and mid-size vehicles.
While the latest Renault Zoe offers up to 238 miles of
range, Normand recognises that larger EVs will need more. He said the new
models will have up to 342 miles of range.
By 2022, Renault and Dacia will together be offering
eight EVs. Most will be small, such as the Zoe, Renault Twizy and forthcoming
Dacia Spring, but Renault’s new pair of C-segment-or-above models will offer
considerably better practicality and range.
Normand said this will allow Renault EVs to improve from
30% coverage of European customers’ car usage to 80%.
"We identified there was room below Zoe but even more
expectation above Zoe,” he said. "People are realising that EVs are safe,
enjoyable and can be taken on much longer trips than [early] EVs.”