A traditional automaker spinning off a new EV and mobility brand isn’t a new move, and French automaker Renault is the latest to get in on the trend. “Mobilize” is a new mobility, energy, and data services brand within Renault, and its introduction comes with this adorable EZ-1 compact EV prototype.
Mobilize envisions users sharing the EZ-1 by only using and paying for it when needed. The little car fits two people, is only 7.5 feet long, and has top-to-bottom glass doors. It’s also made from 50% recycled materials and has a battery exchange system to avoid traditional charging.
Keep reading to learn more about the cute prototype.
The Mobilize EZ-1 is a prototype mini EV from Renault’s new EV and mobility brand, Mobilize.
It’s a tiny, two-seater EV that’s just 7.5 feet long.
The EZ-1 is made with 50% recycled materials and Mobilize says it will be 95% recyclable at the end of its life.
The car is built based on ideas of eradicating waste materials and continuous resource-use.
It has big, top-to-bottom glass doors that give occupants great outward visibility.
Here’s Mobilize design director, Patrick Lecharpy, standing next to it so you can get a feel of its size.
But what’s more is that Mobilize envisions the EZ-1 to be a shared vehicle.
Users will only pay when they use the car.
The car won’t have a key.
Instead, users can connect with it via their smartphones.
The car’s battery is also exchangeable.
This means that the battery can be swapped out for a fresh one and would reduce the time that the vehicle can’t be used because it’s being charged.
Mobilize also wants to create a whole range of EVs that suit different needs.
Should the EZ-1 happen, it will be a bit like the urban car-sharing programs in the US, however, it’s unlikely that the EZ-1 will come here.
Still, though: A shareable mini EV with a well-thought-out charging plan could benefit us all.