Renault e-Plein Air Unites The Past And The Future

What would be a cross between the Twizy and the 4L? Exactly this.

People in Europe compare the Renault 4L to jeans when it comes to reliability and versatility. So it is no surprise fans have arranged an annual meeting, the 4L International, to celebrate the little wonder. Renault has seized the 10th anniversary of the event to pay the car an electric tribute with the e-Plein Air concept.

Based on the Plein Air version of the 4L – also known simply as Renault 4 – the e-Plein Air uses the Renault Twizy electric powertrain and battery pack to shock its audience. And it will probably be disappointed with the performance.

The Twizy is a two-place almost closed quadricycle that weighs 992 lb (450 kg). The lightest 4L had a 1,323 lb (600 kg) weight and it was surely not the Plein Air. This is why the range and speed of the concept must be even lower than the ones achieved by the modern urban EV.

If you are not familiar with the Twizy specifications, it has a 6.1 kWh battery pack that gives it a range of 62 miles (100 km). Its electric motor delivers only 17 hp (13 kW). Now imagine those in a vehicle that is at least 330 lb (150 kg) heavier. Yes, we know…