Renault’s new mobility brand develops two-seater for car sharing
Groupe Renault’s newly launched Mobilize brand has revealed a new two-seater vehicle, aimed at the car sharing, ride-hailing, last-mile delivery and on-demand transit sectors.
The group revealed yesterday that mobility figures big in its ‘Renaulution’ transformation plans, and the new Mobilize business unit will help it “jump faster into the new world of mobility, providing solutions and services to the other brands and external partners”.
Exemplifying its plans, the new EZ-1 Prototype is a purpose-designed vehicle for shared urban mobility. Remiscent of the Twizy, it provides a rival to the Citroën Ami two-seater revealed last year and which Citroën is aiming to create a new segment with.
Renault has said its new Mobilize division – one of four – will offer new ways of transporting people and goods, either with or without a car.
Its solutions will include purpose-designed vehicles for mobility services, backed by easier fleet acquisition through financing services. It will also target increased car-usage through mobility, data and AI software platforms and provide maintenance and recycling services for carsharing fleets.
The new Mobilize EZ-1 Prototype is some 2.3m long and with a compact footprint and full length glass doors. It will be backed by a battery exchange system – to enable non-stop use by mobility firms – and will also be made with 50% recycled materials and be 95% recyclable at the end of its lifecycle.
Mobilize design director Patrick Lecharpy said: “Mobilize EZ-1 Prototype is a mobility device that will blend in with the city. Agile, dynamic and inclusive, it is emblematic of the new Mobilize brand. It accompanies users in their lifestyle change towards more efficient and responsible mobility.”