Renault 5 E-Tech Electric: A Retro-Futuristic Icon Reimagined for the Electric Age

Renault 5 E-Tech Electric

Renault is set to make a groundbreaking debut at the Geneva International Motor Show on February 26, unveiling the highly anticipated Renault 5 E-Tech Electric. This cutting-edge model will feature two battery options, including a 52 kWh variant offering an impressive range of up to 400 km according to WLTP standards.

As part of the pre-launch excitement, a teaser campaign targeting the general public will be unveiled next month, providing a sneak peek into the design details of the Renault 5 E-Tech Electric. Enthusiasts and fans can join the R5 R Pass program, an exclusive initiative available in seven European countries. This membership allows individuals to place their orders ahead of the general public, securing their spot as one of the first to receive this innovative electric vehicle.

Renault’s CEO, Fabrice Cambolive, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “Renault 5 E-Tech Electric is a cult icon redesigned for the modern age. We pulled out all the stops for this engaging car, designed and built in France. With its cheerful design and new-generation technologies, it’s out to make electric vehicles more affordable in Europe.”

Offering a glimpse into the production model, Renault shared exclusive images that pay homage to the iconic Renault 5, blending nostalgia with modern electric innovation. Some highlighted design elements include:

Headlights: The distinctive headlights, a hallmark of the Renault 5, make a strong visual statement, featuring a unique center mark resembling the human eye’s pupil. This design pays homage to a 1972 advertisement, infusing the modern R5 with a human-like expression.

Charge Indicator Light on the Bonnet: Replacing the traditional air intake on the bonnet, the Renault 5 E-Tech Electric incorporates a charge indicator light that forms the iconic number “5” when the vehicle is fully charged. This functional and fun feature serves as both a futuristic design element and a practical indicator of the battery’s charge status.

Wheel Arches: The wheel arches contribute to a more robust stance, giving the R5 a compact yet assertive presence on the road. The graphic design emphasizes a unique and instantly recognizable personality, reminiscent of the iconic R5 Turbo.

Rear Lights: Vertical rear lights play a dual role, extending the side panel while enhancing the car’s aerodynamic performance by minimizing air turbulence.

In a forward-thinking move, Renault has initiated an extensive teaser campaign titled “R5VOLUTION IS BACK,” starting three months ahead of the official reveal. This campaign celebrates the iconic Renault 5’s return, aligning with contemporary themes such as the energy transition and a focus on energy efficiency.

The teaser campaign showcases the first iconic features of the vehicle’s exterior design, featuring the iconic “5” logo in three vibrant colors: yellow, blue, and green. Accompanying the concealed vehicle is a QR code linked to the website, providing additional insights into the future vehicle and introducing the special R5 R Pass for early orders.

To complement the teaser campaign, a global TV commercial will be aired, featuring a sneak peek of the Renault 5 E-Tech Electric’s design set to Daft Punk’s “Instant Crush.” The campaign aims to build anticipation leading up to the 2024 reveal.

Renault has introduced the R5 R Pass program, allowing future customers to secure early access to the new electric vehicle. R5 R Pass holders can place orders 10 days before the general public, ensuring a priority spot in the production line at the ElectriCity plant in Douai, France. Program participants will receive a scale model of the Renault 5 E-Tech Electric post-reveal, along with exclusive access to content and events related to the vehicle.

The Renault 5 E-Tech Electric, set to launch in 2024, redefines the city car with its compact 3.92m length. It boasts a 52 kWh battery providing a range of up to 400 km WLTP, making it suitable for both urban and suburban driving. The vehicle introduces advanced technologies, including Renault’s official avatar “reno,” offering a unique digital experience. Additionally, the Renault 5 E-Tech Electric will be the first production vehicle featuring V2G (vehicle-to-grid) technology, allowing drivers to supply energy back to the grid and potentially save on charging costs.

With an entry-level price of around €25,000, comparable to B-segment hybrids, the Renault 5 E-Tech Electric promises an affordable yet innovative electric driving experience. The global unveiling is scheduled for February 26 at the Geneva International Motor Show.

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HYVIA: The new way to green hydrogen portability


‘HY’ for hydrogen, ‘VIA’ for street: HYVIA clears another way forward for the without carbon portability environment.

Green hydrogen from electrolysis of water empowers versatility with zero CO2 emissions*, expanded reach, and a short refueling time.

HYVIA biological system incorporates green hydrogen creation, stockpiling, and circulation with hydrogen refueling stations before the finish of 2021.

HYVIA will offer a wide scope of energy component fueled light business vehicles before the finish of 2021:

  • Expert Van H2-TECH – an enormous van for shipping merchandise and bundles, with 12m3 of freight volume and a scope of up to 500km.
  • Expert Chassis Cab H2-TECH – an enormous van for shipping bigger cargo, with 19m3 of freight volume and a scope of roughly 250km.
  • Expert Citybus H2-TECH – for moving up to 15 individuals, with a scope of about 300km.

A scope of financing choices and upkeep administrations will likewise be advertised.

HYVIA is situated in France at four areas. Get together of energy components and hydrogen refueling stations at the Flins industrial facility begins in late 2021. The items will be sold all through Europe.

Power modules and a green hydrogen biological system

HYVIA expands on the mastery of Plug Power, a worldwide head of hydrogen arrangements with more than 20 years of involvement with energy components and electrolyzers, and an organization of in excess of 100 refueling stations that apportion more than 40 tons of hydrogen consistently.

HYVIA will offer electrolysis arrangements, versatile capacity stations and, by late 2021, hydrogen refueling stations gathered in Flins, France. The hydrogen refueling stations will be accessible to lease or buy and are destined to be straightforward and protected to utilize.

Wide scope of hydrogen energy unit controlled LCVs

HYVIA draws on the aptitude of Renault Group, European head of electric LCVs with 40% piece of the pie, and pioneer of hydrogen LCVs since 2014.

HYVIA will offer a scope of three energy unit controlled LCVs before the year’s over, an offer correlative to battery electric vehicles.

Expert Van H2-TECH is a huge van that is most appropriate for the vehicle of products, with a scope of up to 500km and a load volume of 12m3.

Expert Chassis Cab H2-TECH is a huge van with significantly more freight space (19m3) and a scope of 250km.

Expert Citybus H2-TECH is a metropolitan minibus that can convey up to 15 travelers, ideal for organizations, regions and neighborhood public administrations, with a scope of 300km.

These vehicles are based on a Dual Power design: controlled by both electrical and hydrogen-based energy. The vehicles have a reach up to 500km: 100km from electrical force, the rest from hydrogen.

They are furnished with a 33kWh battery, a 30kW power device, and tanks containing between 3-7kg of hydrogen, contingent upon the adaptation.

Financing and upkeep administrations

HYVIA offers renting and support answers for every one of its clients’ requirements on both the vehicles and hydrogen arrangements and use the whole Renault organization, one of biggest all through Europe.

A French-based environment

HYVIA is situated in France:

  • Villiers Saint-Frédéric – Head Office and R&D: a devoted group has begun evaluating the prerequisites for enormous scope mounting of energy units, all inside the Renault Group’s middle for LCV designing and improvement.
  • Flins – Process, Manufacturing, and Logistics: work and appraisals for the get together of power devices and hydrogen refueling stations are speeding up with deals expected to begin by late 2021.
  • Batilly – Production of Renault Master: the Renault Group industrial facility in Batilly fabricates Master for HYVIA.
  • Gretz Amainvilliers – PVI (Renault Vehicle Innovation): this auxiliary of Renault Group since 2017, proceeds with the zap for Master and moves forward its ability to additionally coordinate power device innovation. PVI likewise creates 27 ton hydrogen-fueled trucks.


Alpine A110 Cup: a genuine race car made for Europe’s greatest racetracks

Alpine A110 Cup: a genuine race car made for Europe’s greatest racetracks

Alpine A110 Cup: a genuine race car made for Europe’s greatest racetracks

World Rally Champion in 1973, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978 and World Champion in the LMP2 class in last season’s FIA WEC, Alpine’s success in motorsport has earned it a special place in the heart of racing fans. The Brand has also spawned interest and enthusiasm in many amateur drivers, keen to enjoy themselves behind the wheel of attractive, light and agile cars. It is very much in this spirit and in respecting this tradition that Alpine decided to create the A110 Cup, which will make its track debut in 2018.

To ensure this new adventure is a success, Alpine entrusted Signatech with the design, development, production and sales of the A110 Cup. The organisation headed by Philippe Sinault, which is responsible for operating the Alpine A470s in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), also has extensive experience in the development of customer racing products.

In conjunction with the engineers who devised the production car, Signatech designed the racing version with a primary target: provide the drivers with as much enjoyment as possible, whether they are beginners or experienced.

Armed with a precise chassis, a 270hp engine for a weight of 1,050kg (3.9kg/hp), uncompromising safety features and the kind of on-board electronics commonly seen an Endurance prototype, the Alpine A110 Cup promises to deliver effectiveness and performance.

On sale at a price of €100,000 excl. tax, the Alpine A110 Cup will be taking part in a competition combining rigour and professionalism with a friendly, warm approach. Organised by Signatech over six rounds in 2018, the Alpine Europa Cup will visit six of the greatest racetracks in Europe. This FIA international series recalls the Europa Cup held between 1985 and 1988 with the Alpine GTA V6 Turbo.

Drivers keen to take part in the Alpine Europa Cup should express their interest soon since production will be limited to little more than twenty cars for the first season.

An accomplished race car

The quest for a precise and efficient chassis

Built at Alpine’s Dieppe plant, the Alpine A110 Cup’s monocoque chassis has been modified to adapt the suspension geometry, reduce ride height (-40mm), provide mounting points for the roll cage and adapt the rigidity to racing requirements, especially as regards the level of grip procured by slick tyres. The design has also been managed as part of a partnership between Signatech and Renault Sport Racing, who provided their expertise and calculation facilities to the project.

In the engine compartment, these modifications resulted in the fitting of specific side members. Connected to the rear part of the roll cage, these magnificently-sculpted aluminium components, machined from a solid block of metal, enable the mounting point of the upper wishbones to be raised. The lower wishbones are attached to the two joint-welded half-subframes supporting the powertrain.

At the front, these modifications have resulted in the fitting of a joint-welded subframe and attachment plates for the upper wishbones.

Supplied by Öhlins, the four spring-shock absorbers are compression- and rebound-adjustable.

Like the production car, the Alpine A110 Cup comes fitted with Michelin tyres. Slick and treaded tyres are designed to provide the best compromise between performance and durability.

No compromise on safety

Very careful attention has been paid to the active and passive safety features of the Alpine A110 Cup. In order to meet the challenge of integrating a roll cage on an aluminium chassis, the engineers and technicians came up with an ingenious technical solution. During assembly of the monocoque at the Dieppe plant, steel plates are built into the structure, fixed by gluing and then bolting, and protected by an e-coat. These plates are then used as mounting points for the steel tubes that ensure the safety of the driver.

Ready to race, the Alpine A110 Cup comes fitted with a set of premium safety features: specific Sabelt bucket seat with built-in head restraints, six-point HANS-compatible harness, automatic fire extinguisher, dry battery, master switch, etc.

Like the production Alpine A110, the braking system is supplied by Brembo. Machined from a single piece of magnesium, the state-of-the-art six-piston callipers hold imposing ventilated discs, 355mm in diameter at the front and 330mm at the rear. The Alpine A110 Cup is equipped with ABS and traction control systems, which may be adjusted or disabled.

Specially-designed gearbox and production engine

Under the bonnet, the Alpine A110 Cup is powered by the production car’s 1.8-litre turbocharged direct injection engine. Fitted with an air filter and an exhaust specially designed for racing, the power of the Cup has been upped to 270hp (+18hp) with its torque maintained at 320Nm.

Electronic management is provided by a state-of-the-art Magneti-Marelli SRG 140 ECU, which also incorporates the engine and chassis data acquisition system.

The engine is mated with a six-speed sequential gearbox, specifically developed as part of a partnership between Signatech and 3MO. It is equipped with a limited slip, self-locking differential.

Welcome on board!

The Alpine A110 Cup cabin has been devised to provide drivers with as much pleasure and comfort as possible. Securely settled in the Sabelt bucket seat with a built-in head restraint, the driver is faced with an XAP steering wheel, specifically developed for the Alpine A110 Cup and inspired by the one used on the Alpine A470.

Like every other component on the car, this steering wheel features a perceived quality scarcely found on similar race cars. It features paddle gearshift controls, a digital instrument panel and a variety of useful control switches (steering mapping, traction control and ABS, pit limiter, radio, drink feed, etc.)

The adjustable pedal box and steering column help adapt the driving position to suit all shapes and sizes of driver. The Alpine A110 Cup keeps the original air-conditioning system and allows for a second bucket seat to be fitted without modification for track experiences.

An intens development programme

After completing its first track outing, the Alpine A110 Cup will undergo a major testing and development programme. FIA WEC Alpine drivers Nicolas Lapierre and Nelson Panciatici will work on the majority of the sessions, testing the car’s reliability and defining the basic set-up, which will then be communicated to all customers.

In order to obtain a product that is as versatile as possible, other drivers – both professionals and amateurs – will be asked to take part in testing on a wide variety of tracks: Jerez, Magny-Cours, Motorland Aragón, Valencia, Portimao, Navarra, etc. Signatech’s target is to complete at least 7,500km of testing, the equivalent of three full seasons in the Alpine Europa Cup.


Twingo La Parisienne: urban chic for Renault’s latest limited-edition Twingo!

Twingo La Parisienne: urban chic for Renault’s latest limited-edition Twingo!

Twingo La Parisienne: urban chic for Renault’s latest limited-edition Twingo!

Renault Twingo has long been a favourite with style-conscious Parisian motorists and they can now acquire a new limited-edition rendering of the model. The appropriately named Twingo La Parisienne features a particularly chic finish that recalls the spirit of the similarly much-loved Renault 4L. Production of the new limited-edition version – which is based on the Intens+ trim level, complete with additional equipment and exclusive exterior and interior styling details – has been restricted to just 2,000 cars.

The limited-edition Twingo La Parisienne combines an exclusive Pistachio Green non-metallic finish with gloss black door mirrors and grille beading, plus diamond-cut 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels incorporating Pistachio Green centre caps and chrome rings.

Twingo La Parisienne: urban chic for Renault’s latest limited-edition Twingo!

The flanks are adorned with bespoke La Parisienne graphics, while the body-colour side protective mouldings feature La Parisienne badging. The limited-edition version’s cheerful visual appeal can be further heightened by the fitment of an optional screen-printed folding canvas roof.

Twingo La Parisienne’s interior is based on the model’s Intens+ version which has been enhanced by a special Pistachio Green pack (air vent and instrument surrounds, steering wheel trim), plus a Comfort Pack (automatic climate control, rain and light sensors, fog lights with cornering function), rear parking sensors and specific leather/fabric upholstery with top-stitched armrest covers.


A fifth award for the Renault TREZOR concept car

A fifth award for the Renault TREZOR concept car

A fifth award for the Renault TREZOR concept car

  • Renault TREZOR scoops first place at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille concours d’élégance in France

  • The prize takes Renault TREZOR’s awards score in 2017 to five

  • TREZOR illustrates the thinking behind the design of upcoming RENAULT models

Renault TREZOR’s styling won, ex-aequo, over new supporters at the weekend when the striking all-electric GT coupé claimed top prize in the Chantilly Arts & Elégance Richard Mille concours d’élégance.

After securing the ‘Most Beautiful Concept Car of 2016’ award at the 2017 Festival Automobile International, first place in the Villa d’Este concours d’élégance, the Geneva Car Design Awards’ ‘2016 Concept Car of the Year’ crown and the ‘Design Prize’ at this year’s Trophées de l’Automobile Magazine, the Chantilly accolade is the fifth trophy to have been won this year by this concept car which embodies Renault’s design thinking for the future.

A fifth award for the Renault TREZOR concept car

Sunday’s award is further evidence of the positive reception TREZOR has received from industry professionals and the motoring public alike.

RENAULT is also proud to have been associated with BALMAIN. The meticulous, edgy creations of this longstanding, trend-setting French fashion house harmoniously complement TREZOR’s lines and the spirit that forged its design.