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Sonntag, 15 März 2020 13:08

Renault unveils its MORPHOZ concept car

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Expand the limits

Come close to the car, it will send you a signal. It recognises and welcomes you. Get in and prepare for a totally new experience: you are in a smart, adaptable vehicle that is pushing back the boundaries.
 
A bespoke vehicle that adapts to every type of use, be it a short, daily run to work or the shops or one of your longer journeys. A personal vehicle that is shared when you aren’t using it. A vehicle designed to fit in various ecosystems and encourage interaction. An autonomous vehicle to drive or in which to be driven.
 
This futuristic vehicle represents Renault’s vision of personal, shareable electric mobility in the years beyond 2025. It’s called the MORPHOZ. And it draws on the Alliance’s new modular CMF-EV electric platform to offer several configurations not only of power, capacity and range, but also of user options and boot space too.
 
Faithful to the brand’s DNA, the MORPHOZ concept embodies the Family petal of Renault’s ‘Life Flower’ design strategy, which is based around the stages within a person’s life. However, it is not merely an exploratory vision of mobility. In its design, details and interior presentation, it also heralds a new family of Renault electric models for the coming years.
 
The main brake on the purchase of an electric vehicle remains the range. However, the idea that electric mobility is too restrictive will soon be dispelled, and the Renault MORPHOZ concept is the best proof yet of EV capabilities.
 
"Bold in its modularity, innovative in its design, human centric through its ability to facilitate sharing and exchange, the MORPHOZ concept perfectly embodies the new LIVINGTECHTM philosophy of Renault’s Design. Technology in all its forms - design, on-board intelligence, connectivity, interior layout - serves a new travel experience for all vehicle users. From the everyday to the weekend and holiday experience. The MORPHOZ concept is a truly living experience.” Laurens van den Acker, EVP, Corporate Design Groupe Renault
 
“MORPHOZ features our upcoming, high performance electric cars. The dedicated modular CMF-EV platform optimizes the electric performances of the vehicle, and the long wheelbase with its flat floor and wheels that are rejected in all the 4 corners offer new possibilities for striking design and increased roominess.” Gilles Normand, SVP, Electric Vehicles & Mobility Services, Groupe Renault
 
In town and beyond: electric mobility with no restrictions
 
As the pioneer and expert in electric mobility, Groupe Renault has constantly improved the range and power of its key model the ZOE over the last 10 years, to make it even more versatile and to go ever further. At the same time, it has developed the Twingo Z.E., which offers a range suitable for city use. Its portfolio of models also includes the Renault City K-ZE, a small urban SUV marketed in China, and the largest range of electric utility vehicles in Europe.
 
In its vision of sustainable mobility for all, Groupe Renault is intent on offering models in its various ranges of a size, weight, power and range adapted to all uses that allow its customers to meet all their requirements without restriction, in town and beyond.
 
This aim will be increasingly important in the future, hence the MORPHOZ concept. It is not just an exploratory model. It also heralds a new family of electric models in the Renault range of tomorrow.
 
Models that can have several battery capacities. Models that will benefit from the latest technological improvements to optimise the energy efficiency of their batteries and engines. Models that will take advantage of the structural and performance improvements of recharging systems. Models that will be equipped with connected services to optimise journeys and the charging process.
 
A dedicated electric platform
 
This vision of electric mobility in the medium term, and the future vehicles of the Renault range that will provide this mobility, could not exist without a dedicated technical base. The Renault MORPHOZ uses a brand new 100% electric modular platform that we call CMF-EV.
 
Like the CMF-B platform which was inaugurated last year by the Clio and used on the New Captur, CMF-EV has been developed by the Alliance. It allows us to design, build, adjust and fine-tune electric vehicles more easily than with a platform designed for internal combustion engines (ICE) or for mixed ICE/electric applications.
 
In terms of style first: the platform’s innovative architecture allows a long wheelbase with wheels at the very corners of the vehicle, reduced overhangs and a flat floor. This radically alters the physical proportions to produce a striking appearance. With a streamlined battery, the CMF-EV platform lets us design vehicles that are closer to the ground, with a lower roof and the all-important improvement in aerodynamic performance. The short bonnet allows a longer, more elegant passenger compartment.
 
In terms of dynamic driving, this is enhanced by the chassis and structure which is optimised for the electric vehicle with a low centre of gravity thanks to the location of the batteries below the rear floor.
 
Finally, in terms of the onboard experience and the interior layout. When an electric traction engine, which smaller than an internal combustion engine, is installed in the optimum position like on the CMF-EV platform, the dashboard can be streamlined and brought forwards to free up storage space and space for passengers – especially leg room for those in the back. The absence of a transmission tunnel makes a flat floor possible, for even more leg room. Vehicles will henceforth be able to offer an onboard experience that was only available before in a higher market segment.
 
MORPHOZ, a personal vehicle that can be tailored to requirements
 
Renault MORPHOZ is a 100% electric adaptable crossover concept car which charges by induction even as it is being driven. It is connected and equipped with level 3 autonomous driving functions. Like the SYMBIOZ concept that we unveiled in 2017, this is a personal vehicle which now boasts specific sharing functions.
 
The high adaptability of the MORPHOZ concept-car is demonstrated by the physical transformation that occurs between its two versions: the short “City” one and the long “Travel” one. The vehicle is in fact capable of adapting itself to the way its users live, be it for daily use or, for example, holiday travel.
 
To achieve this, the City version is fitted with just the right battery capacity to meet day-today requirements, while the Travel version can accommodate the extra capacity needed for long distances on motorways, for example.
 
City mode
 
The short City version of the Renault MORPHOZ is 4.40 metres long. At 2.73 metres, its wheelbase is a record for such a vehicle length, so that it can easily house the 40 kWh of batteries that are fitted as standard, while still being light and without unnecessary extra cost. The onboard experience is however worthy of a model in the next segment up.
 
In this configuration, the MORPHOZ boasts a specific light signature, to give a look that is enhanced by the presence of additional LED segments. Its style is more striking, with its short bonnet, sculptured bumpers and lack of overhang that pushes the wheels out to the corners, in order to symbolise the agility of an electric-powered city vehicle.
 
Travel mode
 
The long Travel version of the Renault MORPHOZ is 4.80 metres long. Its wheelbase is proportionately longer at 2.93 metres to allow it to accommodate the additional battery capacity and provide a spacious interior. It can thus carry extra batteries that provide 50 kWh of power (total capacity of 90 kWh) and offer more leg room for the passengers, along with enough space for two more suitcases. In addition, this version - which benefits from a specific light identity - has a specific tapered front-end and profile to optimise its aerodynamic performance optimising it for long distances.
 
The Travel Extender principle
 
The nominal 40 kWh battery capacity of the Renault MORPHOZ in City mode gives it a range of 400 km, which is easily enough for daily urban and suburban uses. It also gives it a certain flexibility which will satisfy more than 90% of users’ needs.
 
For the other 10%, when longer distances are involved, the MORPHOZ can accommodate an extra Travel Extender battery pack. The vehicle converts to Travel mode at a special station and a flap in the flat floor undertray opens above the station flap. 50 kWh of batteries are installed in the vehicle in just a few seconds. The MORPHOZ leaves the station with a range of 700 km in motorway use.
 
Once back, the user stops at a station to return the extra batteries and revert to the original 40 kWh capacity of the vehicle’s City configuration. The station then recharges the batteries so that they are ready for use. It also puts them to an additional use until they are needed by another vehicle: powering a self-service bicycle charging station, storing electricity from renewable energy sources, or lighting an infrastructure or adjoining building.
 
An adaptive passenger compartment for driver and passengers
 
At the driver’s approach, the Renault MORPHOZ runs a light sequence to show that the driver has been detected and recognised by the vehicle’s sensors. A wave is all that is needed to unlock the vehicle and open its doors. Their reverse-hinged opening combined with the absence of a B-pillar makes it easier for passengers to get into the welcoming passenger compartment, which is illuminated by the yellow of the seat fabric and centre console. Like the bodywork, the passenger compartment can convert to adapt to the requirements of both driver and passengers.
 
Retractable LIVINGSCREEN panel
 
The car has a futuristic steering wheel, at the centre of which lies a 10.2-inch screen that displays the main driving and safety information. Behind this steering wheel, there is a surround dashboard that seems to be devoid of a true instrument panel and multimedia screen.
 
To achieve this, the totally symmetric front passenger seat swivels round completely to face the rear. The passengers can then make use of the cross-compartment centre console and its vast screen to act as though they were at home in the living room.
 
Sliding rear seats
 
When the MORPHOZ switches from City to Travel mode, the rear passenger seats automatically move backwards to take advantage of the extra space inside.
 
The passengers then have more leg room. It’s also easier for them to behave as if they were sitting in armchairs around a table, where the screen on the cross-compartment centre console serves as a table.
 
At the request of the driver – who can thus decide to make the screens disappear – this dashboard opens to allow the LIVINGSCREEN instrument panel to fold out smoothly. This single, wide screen displays both the driving and the multimedia system information.
 
The LIVINGSCREEN panel can be deployed in manual driving mode or autonomous mode.
 
Swivelling passenger seat
 
The passenger compartment on the MORPHOZ has a “Share” mode that allows the passengers – but not the driver, who always faces the road – to sit face-to-face to converse or participate in a shared activity.
 
Level 3 autonomous driving
 
The Renault MORPHOZ concept provides level 3 autonomous driving, as defined by the SAE International organisation. Also known as “Eyes off - Hands off”, this level allows the driver to let go of the steering wheel and delegate the driving to the vehicle in certain defined situations on authorised roads, such as on a motorway or in traffic jams.
 
The vehicle can handle the distance from the vehicle in front, staying in lane even on bends, and moving in traffic jams. However, the driver must be able to take back control very quickly (a few seconds) upon request of the system. It may occur in bad weather conditions or in the absence of road markings, for example. Therefore, the MORPHOZ’s steering wheel always remains in place, even when the large instrument panel screen has retracted into the dashboard.
 
With level 3 autonomous driving, the driver is free to move their eyes and hands once delegation has been made. He can use the car's multimedia system to dictate e-mails, text messages or play multimedia content, for example.
 
At present, Renault offers the Highway and Traffic Jam Companion on its most recent vehicles (Clio, All-new Captur, New Espace, New Mégane & New Talisman). This combines with adaptive cruise control (with Stop & Go) and lane centring to provide level 2 autonomy. By the end of 2020, Renault will offer the Highway and Traffic Jam Companion on 16 different vehicle configurations in Europe, Korea and China.
 
When permitted by regulations and the technological developments allow level 3 to be widely used, Renault models will be fitted with level 3 autonomous technology. Meanwhile, driving aids such as the Highway and Traffic Jam Companion will be enhanced, with the addition of connectivity to other vehicles and to the infrastructures.
 
As the SYMBIOZ Demo Car showed in 2017, Renault would then be able to offer level 4 autonomous driving on its vehicles.
 
Electric design in the service of efficiency and personality
 
With a length of 4.40 or 4.80 metres, depending on the mode (with a width of 2 metres and a height of 1.55 metres), the Renault MORPHOZ concept is a crossover with tight yet sensual lines, and a design that blends the attributes of a sedan, an SUV and a coupé. This novel style is made possible by using the brand-new CMF-EV modular platform which has been specially designed for electric engines. The bodywork has an elegant Ivory Gold metallic finish whereas Electric Yellow details contrast with the glossy black of the passenger compartment.
 
Many of the exterior design elements of the Renault MORPHOZ concept reflect the electric nature of its engine. Others underline the energy efficiency of the vehicle or to allow it to express its personality.
 
▪ LIVINGLIGHTS
The Renault MORPHOZ concept has a new light signature which will be found on the brand’s future electric vehicles. The identity LIVINGLIGHTS lighting has been enlarged to extend along the entire bumper. The MORPHOZ has a different look in City– its “pupils” remind us of the headlights on the All-new Captur – and Travel mode.
 
▪ Front bumper
Thanks to its electric motor requiring little cooling, the MORPHOZ has a closed radiator grille. And for greater aerodynamic efficiency on the highway, the air intakes on the bumper are reduced in Travel mode.
 
▪ Vents
The bonnet has two high-tech vents to cool the vehicle’s main computers, which are clustered around the engine block.
 
▪ Rear-view camera mirror
Instead of door mirrors, the Renault MORPHOZ concept is equipped with digital HD cameras. The images provided are projected onto interior screens and used as inputs to the artificial intelligence, which combines them with data from the various external sensors to warn the driver of potential hazards.
 
▪ Logo
The front wings on the Renault MORPHOZ concept are decorated with a backlit badge. This displays the vehicle’s name in Travel mode.
 
▪ Aerodynamic wheels
The concept of a fusion between the diamond-effect wheels and the wheel trims has allowed us partially to cover the sidewalls of the 22-inch tyres on the Renault MORPHOZ concept, to give a more fluid look. These wide, fully enclosed wheels reduce disturbance to the aerodynamic flows and improve the vehicle’s efficiency. The tyres are optimised to reduce rolling resistance.
 
▪ Flaps
Like the side flaps on a fighter plane, the active bodywork on the Renault MORPHOZ concept will move the rear wings out by a few centimetres to allow the chassis to slide as the vehicle switches from one mode to the other, whilst maintaining the continuity of the surface.
 
▪ Quarter lights
The rear quarter light pillar is symbolic of the Renault MORPHOZ concept’s adaptation capacity. In City mode, it is an elegant combination of yellow and black lines, as on the dashboard. Those lines consist of two separate surfaces, but this only becomes apparent in Travel mode when the vehicle extends.
 
▪ Rear bumper
In City mode, the Renault MORPHOZ concept’s boot is drawn in to reduce overhang and make driving and parking in town easier. It takes on a stretched, aerodynamic shape in Travel mode. As the conversion occurs, the name of the vehicle appears as a watermark on the bumper.
 
▪ Deflectors
Two air deflectors extend the flat bottom at the back of the Renault MORPHOZ concept. These are active components which adapt to the vehicle’s ride height for maximum efficiency in all circumstances.
 
▪ Lights
The slimline rear lights on the Renault MORPHOZ concept create a shimmering effect and form an entire strip to make the vehicle seem wider and more imposing on the road.
 
▪ Brake light
Like the SYMBIOZ concept in 2017, the vertical high-level brake light on the Renault MORPHOZ concept is suspended from the blade of the roof spoiler. Its graphics finish is repeated on the rear fog light located beneath the bumper.
 
▪ Charging
The Renault MORPHOZ concept has an induction charging mode. Charging is carried out at a specific location (at home or in a public car park) or whilst driving on sections of road equipped with this technology.
 
A new design feature to symbolise an increase in range
 
Although it is very slender in the City version, the vertical section of the front wing on the MORPHOZ expands in the Travel version as the vehicle’s bodywork and wheelbase lengthen. Although its primary role is to display the capacity meter of the onboard batteries, its black and yellow finish also makes it stand out from the rest of the bodywork.
 
It is a symbol of the vehicle’s increased range and power. This new design feature will appear on some of the electric vehicles in the Renault range in the future.
 
It’s a nod of recognition to the past and to the rich history of Renault as it is a reminder of the side ventilation grilles that appeared on several models between 1910 and 1920, such as the Type DG, a time when there was no need for ventilation via the front end panel … just as with the electric car of today.
 
The MORPHOZ, a vehicle in the service of sustainable mobility for all
 
Mobility is no longer on the cusp of a new revolution. It has already begun. It is profound and multi-faceted: modes of transport, habits, technologies and scope of application. These changes rely most frequently on innovations and on two choices: one made by the public authorities in the form of regulations (reduction in the levels of CO2 from new vehicles, the prohibition of ICE vehicles in city centres, etc.), and one made by consumers inclined to adopt new modes of travel.
 
Firstly, the mobility revolution is a cleaner revolution with the advent of electric engines. However, Zero Emission* vehicles will not be the only thing to come off the production line. They are at the heart of an electric ecosystem that also includes batteries, infrastructures, etc., and will increasingly be so. Renault realised this strategic dynamic and initiated projects before anyone else, as several examples show.
 
Secondly, it is also a revolution in uses. Although Renault still believes that the private car has a future, it recognises that it will need to support new forms of ownership and sharing, to the benefit, especially of the family, friends and the neighbourhood. For a reasoned overall vision that is friendlier both to people and to the planet.
 
Thirdly, it is a revolution in human geography. In a few years, 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities. The latter are re-inventing themselves as Smart Cities, with new concepts of urban living, around the pillars formed by infrastructures, digital tools and decarbonised energies. The Smart Cities ecosystem even extends to the concept of the urban community of the future.
 
The MORPHOZ sits at the heart of these different ecosystems, for a more sustainable, more shared and more inclusive mobility.
 
* zero emissions in use: no CO2 emissions, no controlled air pollutants whilst driving, excluding wear parts.
 
At the heart of several shared ecosystems
 
The Renault MORPHOZ concept symbolises changes in technology, society, the environment and human behaviour all at the same time. It is a key part of several ecosystems which all raise the idea of sharing to the level of a fundamental principle. These are ecosystems in the process of transformation, in which Groupe Renault is already strongly involved to support the mobility revolution with products, services and solutions. Its strategy is to become a supplier of smart mobility solutions for the cities and regions of the future.
 
The electric ecosystem
 
The electric vehicle has a major role in energy transition as part of a smarter, increasingly comprehensive electric ecosystem. So much so that this role now extends beyond just the highway and home charging point. An example of this is the experimental intelligent ecosystem in Porto Santo.
 
Naturally, batteries are at the heart of this operation. Groupe Renault has put a lot of time into developing a second life for its batteries, such as in the Advanced Battery Storage project or the Black Swan electric boat. With the MORPHOZ concept, it is now looking at a different area: the dual use of batteries.
 
When not being used for driving, the MORPHOZ’s batteries remain in the car but can power appliances in the house or the local area via smart charging devices and V2G (Vehicle to Grid) bi-directional technology. Batteries used in Travel mode are taken out of the vehicle and stored in a charging station for use in other vehicles or to power equipment such as self-service bicycle charging stations or street lighting.
 
In this energy transition, manufacturers like Renault have a key role and responsibility to do everything they can to reduce the carbon footprint of their vehicles and their other technological solutions. With the MORPHOZ and its battery-sharing system, there is no need to produce batteries with a nominal 90 kWh capacity for every vehicle. Limiting production in this way is good for the carbon footprint and the environment.
 
The family and new neighbourhood ecosystem
 
The MORPHOZ embodies the ME/WE concept, which says that what is mine can also be yours. It challenges the idea of the passenger car as private, and instead encourages shared use. It meets all the family’s requirements, meaning they don’t have to buy a second or even a third vehicle when it’s not necessary. No more need to opt for an oversized vehicle because of an occasional demanding requirement.
 
It’s a family vehicle, but in a larger sense that extends to the community. It meets the needs of new kinds of community that are developing around fundamentals like digital infrastructures, regenerative resources and social well-being. As a unit of individual mobility which can also serve the collective or communal well-being, it suits new patterns of living in these urban communities, like the ‘co-living’ trend in housing.
 
The sharing capabilities of the MORPHOZ are central to this philosophy. The concept anticipates the disappearance of ignition keys and even door and starting cards. It also anticipates regulations which will soon insist on car-sharing for all passenger vehicles. Everything goes through the smartphone, which works as a digital key. This makes sharing with other people easier: no more need to swap keys, you just receive an unlocking code which, when activated on the smartphone, lets you access and use the vehicle for a pre-determined period.
 
Groupe Renault is at the leading edge of shared mobilities, particularly through services like Renault Mobility and Zity. Community sharing is an approach that must be pursued, because it has the potential to increase access to mobility through easy sharing, making mobility more affordable (and not just in towns). It’s a way forwards to meeting everyone’s expectations and needs. The MORPHOZ concept fully anticipates the change that is coming.
 
The Smart City ecosystem
 
As a symbol of Groupe Renault’s vision of electric mobility in the years after 2025, the MORPHOZ is a key part of the transformation to Smart Cities, where connected technologies, smart and open data, IoT devices, smart networks, new materials and clean energies can be used to design and build a positive future. Here are three pieces of concrete evidence:
 
- The MORPHOZ can live in harmony with other urban road users. Its Level 3 driving autonomy enhances the safety of everyone by removing the human error behind almost 90% of road accidents*. Its sensors also detect pedestrians and cyclists, actively alerting the driver to them in manual mode, to avoid accidents.
 
- Its electric engine helps to improve air quality and means it can be used in areas that are out of bounds to internal combustion engines. The shorter City version is ideal for city traffic, with a reduced footprint, less extensive vehicle facilities, and better road sharing between users, etc.
 
- With its system of battery stations, it can play a role in creating energy self-sufficiency in city neighbourhoods. Unused batteries deposited in the stations can power infrastructures, buildings and services, etc. They store renewable energy and help to smooth out peaks in demand by returning it when needed. This battery sharing also means that fewer need to be produced.
 
* BCG 2016 figures
 
Human beings at the heart of Groupe Renault’s commitments
 
For more than 120 years, Renault has put human beings at the centre of its concerns when designing and developing its vehicles. This focus emphasises the brand’s desire to support its customers through their life-long aspirations and needs and has led to the creation of true family cars like the R16, Twingo, Scénic and Espace.
 
With the MORPHOZ concept, this philosophy once again comes into its own, even more so in fact, as everything on board revolves around users and human interactions. Artificial intelligence, connectivity and other clever features combine to immerse driver and passengers in a benevolent and calm environment.
 
Connectivity and artificial intelligence help interactions between passengers
 
On board the Renault MORPHOZ, the driver and passengers enjoy a welcoming, spacious LIVINGSPACE compartment. Comfortably settled in fully individual seats, they are looked after by an AI which uses connectivity to meet their needs, desires and inclinations. The aim is to maximise the number of personal interactions to foster a sense of calm and well-being.
 
A benevolent presence
 
▪ Welcome on board
The artificial intelligence also operates on the outside of the vehicle, using its sensors to detect and recognise the driver on approach. It activates a light sequence on the doors to denote recognition. The driver just waves to activate the welcome sequence, which unlocks and opens the doors, automatically positions the seat and adjusts the interior lighting to the driver’s preferences and mood. The driver also hears the AI’s welcoming voice.
 
▪ The backbone
The passenger compartment of the Renault MORPHOZ concept is crossed by a raised centre console which represents the brain of the AI. There is a special holder for the driver’s smartphone, which is then “drawn” into the console’s wooden panel to serve as the AI’s main data source. The AI will then, if authorised, use data and information from the smartphone to perform its tasks.
 
▪ Display
The AI lets the driver see the surrounding area by processing real-time data from external sensors and images from the vehicle cameras, particularly those replacing the door mirrors. Light displays on the inner doors and windows signal the presence of a pedestrian, for example, or a cyclist in the blind spot.
 
A proactive virtual personal assistant
 
▪ Three call modes
Acting like a virtual personal assistant, the artificial intelligence on the Renault MORPHOZ concept can be called up and managed in three ways: by touching the screens or console, by hand gestures or by voice.
 
▪ Planning
In City mode, for daily travel, the AI converts the driver’s diary into an efficient trip by optimising the itinerary and the time between two appointments or meetings. In Travel mode, en route to a holiday, for example, it suggests points of interest whilst taking the desired time of arrival and the remaining range into account, like the electric journey plan on the MY Renault app for Renault electric vehicles. In both cases, the large screen on the instrument panel provides a 3D display of the trip.
 
▪ Continuity
Onboard the MORPHOZ, the driver and passengers don’t need to lose touch with their digital lives. Smartphones are detected automatically, and each person can then carry on listening to their favourite music relayed through the speakers in the seats. A journey planned at home will be automatically picked up by the navigation system, which will then send a route of the last distance to be walked to the driver’s smartphone once the vehicle is parked close to its destination.
 
A creator of friendships and exchanges
 
▪ Authorisation
Although the AI in the Renault MORPHOZ concept will automatically detect devices for each passenger, such as any smartphone that it can search for data, it will be unable to use such data without authorisation. The privacy of any friend who gets in or of any person who uses the vehicle’s sharing functions is thus automatically maintained.
 
▪ Shared screen
The social role of the artificial intelligence on board the Renault MORPHOZ concept is evidenced by the shared screen located between the seats on the centre console. This is where, for example, passengers can scroll through the music library on one of their smartphones, or where they can play video games against each other. This screen also lets the users control the comfort of the passenger compartment via the MULTI SENSE settings.
 
▪ Suggestions
The artificial intelligence doesn’t wait for the passengers to act before making suggestions. It will, for example, offer a trip playlist to suit the mood and preferences of each occupant. It adapts to the situation using practical information (the diary of each person, for example) and detects opportunities in accordance with preferences and tastes.
 
The spirit of Renault in 8 features
 
Many of the components in the Renault MORPHOZ concept’s passenger compartment reflect the Easy Life philosophy of Renault, as well as its past and, indeed, its future.
 
Steering wheel
The clear glass with illuminated lines that forms the inner part of the futuristic steering wheel contains touch-sensitive control buttons with haptic feedback. One of these lets the driver access the MULTI SENSE settings.
 
Dashboard
The Renault MORPHOZ concept’s floating dashboard extends around the front part of the passenger compartment as far as the door inserts to surround the occupants. Thanks to the CMF-EV platform, it is closer to the windscreen and narrower than a traditional dashboard, which means more space inside.
 
Touch-sensitive
The usual driving mode selector lever on electric vehicles has been replaced by four touch buttons (P, R, N and D) at the head of the console to free up space and facilitate the movements of the driver and their passenger.
 
LIVINGSCREEN
The LIVINGSCREEN screen of the MORPHOZ concept symbolises the intelligence at the heart of life in the vehicle. The sculpted OLED screen is 80 centimetres wide and contains driving, navigation and entertainment information. Its beginnings were visible on the 2016 TreZor and 2017 SYMBIOZ concept cars.
 
Recycling
Like the New ZOE’s seat fabric, the passenger compartment in the Renault MORPHOZ concept uses lots of recycled materials: wood for the dashboard, plastic for the inner doors, fabric for the seats, etc. They have been designed/manufactured by socially responsible companies such as Aggebo & Henriksen (Denmark), Gudbrandsdalens Uldvarefabrik AS (Norway) and Plasticiet (Holland).
 
Storage
The practical needs of the passengers haven’t been forgotten either – storage space is provided in the centre console.
 
Swivelling
The front passenger seat swivels to allow its occupant to sit facing the rear passengers in Share mode. This modularity is a reminder of what was already possible on the first generation Espace in the 1980s.
 
Illusion
The apparent movement of the yellow and black lines on the Renault MORPHOZ concept’s dashboard recalls the “OpArt” world of painter Victor Vasarely, who has completed some forty works of art in the course of his collaboration with Renault.
 
Renault MORPHOZ concept car datasheet
 
Length: 4.40 m (City version) / 4.80 m (Travel version)
Width: 2 m
Height: 1.55 m
Wheelbase: 2.73 m (City version) / 2.93 m (Travel version)
Engine: 1 electric traction engine
Batteries: 40 kWh (City version) / 90 kWh (Travel version)
Power: 100 kW (City version) / 160 kW (Travel version)
Charging: Static and dynamic induction
Drive wheels: Front
On-board connectivity: 5G
Infrastructure connectivity: Wi-Fi G5
 
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