You approach and the car greets you. Your Morphoz recognized you. Because an “intelligent vehicle”, modular, industrially made to measure and to be shared (a sequence of contradictions? No, we will see it), autonomously driving and integrated into the ecosystem of the “smart city”.
The Renault Morphoz: the images
Built on an electric modular platform (christened: CMF-EV), Morphoz summarizes the future according to Renault. A concept that is not only an exercise in futurology. In terms of design, details and interior presentation, the car prefigures a new family of electric models of the French brand coming in the next few years.
Like the CMF-B platform, inaugurated last year with the Clio and recovery on the new Captur, the CMF-EV was also developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. On this the group can design, develop and produce electric vehicles with many advantages compared to platforms designed for thermal or hybrid engines. First of all in style: the architecture allows you to work on a longer wheelbase, with wheels located in the four corners, reduced overhangs and a flat floor. In the presence of a thinner battery, it is possible to design lower vehicles, both as “ground light” and at roof level, thus safeguarding aerodynamics, but without compromising habitability. The new platform also promotes driving dynamics, with an optimized chassis and structure for electric vehicles and a lowered center of gravity thanks to the installation of batteries under the rear floor. The electric motor, less voluminous than the thermal one, allows to thin and advance the dashboard, freeing up more volume for the storage and more space for the passengers. The absence of the transmission tunnel also gives the possibility of inserting a flat platform.
Full electric modular induction rechargeable crossover, even while driving, the Morphoz connected and equipped with level 3 autonomous driving functions. A personal vehicle, but equipped with specific sharing functions. Modularity The vehicle can be transformed from the short configuration, called “City”, to the long one, the “Travel”. The first, the citycar version, has batteries suitable for short daily journeys, while the “Travel” can integrate a second pack to cover longer distances. The “City” 440 cm long and has a wheelbase of 273 cm, the batteries are 40 kWh. The 480 cm long “Travel” and wheelbase reaches 293 meters, thus making it possible to integrate an additional 50 kWh battery, bringing the total capacity to 90 kWh. To distinguish the two versions there are also style details, especially on the front.
In the “City” version, the Morphoz has an autonomy of 400 km. But the “Travel Extender” technology allows to increase the range of action. The transformation takes place in a dedicated station: a flap, located in the fairing of the flat bottom, opens to make room for the additional pack. In a matter of seconds, the car leaves the “service station” with 700 km of autonomy to be spent on the highway. On the way back we stop again in a dedicated station to return the additional batteries and return to the initial capacity of 40 kWh as well as to the “City” configuration. The station then recharges the discarded batteries so that they are ready for use. But it can also use them for other purposes while waiting to return to another vehicle: for example, power supply of charging stations for self-service bicycles, storage of electricity from renewable energies, lighting of infrastructures or adjacent buildings …
Inside, the steering wheel immediately stands out a 10.2-inch display, for the main driving and safety information. Behind the wheel, there is a wraparound dashboard without the traditional dashboard. An empty space, but at the request of the user, a large carved OLED screen comes out from the dashboard, 80 centimeters long, which displays both the driving information and the screens of the multimedia system. The passenger compartment can take on the “Sharing” mode, with the passengers – while the driver always looks at the road – seated facing each other (the front passenger seat can turn 180 degrees, as was the case seat of the first generation ella Espace, eighties of the last century …). Passengers can then take advantage of the transverse central console and the large screen. The rear seats are sliding and in the “Travel” scheme they can sit as in the living room or around a table. Like the fabric of the seats of the new Renault Zoe, the interior of the Morphoz also uses many recycled materials: wood of the floor, plastic of the internal panels of the doors, fabric of the seats, etc.
March 24, 2020 (change March 24, 2020 | 3:44 pm)
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