Renault Frendzy Concept Debuts Ahead of 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

2011 Frankfurt Auto Show


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    Renault Frendzy Picture

    The Renault Frendzy, an electric commercial vehicle that targets the Ford Transit Connect Electric, debuted ahead of the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. | July 07, 2011

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2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Renault Frendzy concept, an electric commercial vehicle that takes its inspiration from unconventionally shaped aircraft, debuted on Thursday ahead of the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.
  • A large external screen displays advertising messages or such information as the battery-charging method.
  • Unlike most EVs, which are silent, the Frendzy gets a broad range of sounds, including a sporty note.

PARIS — The Renault Frendzy concept, an electric commercial vehicle that takes its inspiration from unconventionally shaped aircraft and appears to target the Ford Transit Connect Electric, debuted on Thursday ahead of the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The quirky-looking workhorse lacks a center pillar and gets one conventional door and one sliding door with a 37-inch display that can flash advertising messages or such information as the battery-charging method.

The name is supposed to call up images of a "multi-faceted friend," said the French automaker.

Unlike most EVs, which are silent, the Frendzy gets a broad range of sounds, including a sporty note. Renault says that the sound program lets people in the vicinity know whether the Frendzy is "in business or passenger-car mode, thanks simply to its sound signature." It did not provide a recording of the sounds.

The electric concept is equipped with a 60-horsepower electric motor and lithium-ion batteries

The Frendzy's asymmetric body design takes its inspiration from unconventionally shaped aircraft, such as the Airbus Beluga and the Antonov 224, said Renault in a statement.

The cabin is supposed to look like a futuristic workbench with a "molten metal" look. The cabin gets leather latticework seats and lots of wood trim. The single-piece rear seat is integrated into the floor. Sensors located on the door sills can log the loading or unloading of packages tagged with RFID (radio frequency identification) chips with information such as destination address.

Edmunds.com says: Renault's over-the-top electric workhorse should turn lots of heads in Frankfurt.

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