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Published on April 27th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Renault All Electric Twin’Z

Concept cars are to production vehicles what haute couture is to ready-to-wear: a wellspring of ideas and an impressive showcase of the latest trends. They are the spirit of innovation that is an essential part of Renault’s DNA. French carmaker Renault and Welsh industrial designer Ross Lovegrove teamed up to create this LED-covered, lightning-bug-looking electric city car, called the Twin’Z. They unveiled the concept this week in Milan.

Lovegrove envisions the Twin’Z as an “endearing, almost living object,” and, indeed, the car has a sort of organic, squishy look to it. The neon green wheels (see close-up image in the gallery) resemble growing tree branches. Renault says it used 3-D printing to create the design.

Inside the car, animated light patterns are supposed to “expand the occupant’s experience” uh, lay off the hallucinogens, Renault, but seem like they would be hypnotically distracting. There’s no dashboard, just a tentacle-like steering column and a single touchscreen display mounted on a post to the right of the driver’s seat. The all-electric Twin’Z has a range of 100 miles and top speed of just over 80 mph.

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