Renault to develop high-performance Tesla rival?

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Renault could be looking to develop a high-performance, all-electric vehicle in the future, based on the technological experience it gains from the ongoing 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship it is currently participating in, under the Renault e.Dams team banner.

Currently, the Renault Z.E. (Zero Emission) line-up of all-electric cars include the Fluence Z.E., Kangoo Z.E., Twizy, and Zoe, with the last two models being available for purchase here in Malaysia. However, none of them scream “high-performance,” but that could all change in the future.

During a group interview with members of the racing outfit, posted a question to Vincent Gaillardot, Renault Sport Formula E project manager, on the possibility of a high-performance electric vehicle being developed to rival cars like the Tesla Model S.

Responding to the question, Gaillardot could neither confirm nor deny that possibility, but e.Dams marketing manager, Frederic Garcia said, “It’s not the end for the moment. The aim is to ensure that we are able to manage all the powertrain and the knowledge that we will get from the racing to improve the road cars.

“The aim for the moment is not to develop a super electric car like Tesla has done but for sure in the future, I could not say tomorrow, but maybe in five, six years, we could have super performance vehicle in the electric range.”

However, whether this suggested high-performance electric model will be based on a model from the current Renault line-up (Megane R.S, Clio R.S.) or something else altogether remains to be seen. A road-going version of the R.S. 01 certainly sounds like an interesting prospect.

Garcia also mentioned Renault’s sub-brand, Alpine might also be working on an electric powertrain. “We have another brand, which is Alpine to work on it. So maybe one day we will have an Alpine electric car. Maybe, I don’t know, it’s not in the plan for the moment,” he said.

At this year’s Le Mans endurance race, Renault invoked the nostalgia of enthusiasts worldwide when it introduced the Renault Alpine Celebration concept. The car has been spied donning a Lotus body while undergoing testing although it has yet to be confirmed what sort of powertrain (conventional or electric) it will receive.

GALLERY: Renault Sport RS 01

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Our Proton should produce a Tesla rival. I got full confidence in Proton. To those who are negative about Proton, better you pack your bags and leave the country. We don’t need pendatangs who condemn everything in Maalysia

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    • John2 on Nov 06, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Proton just start to produce EV car, neither slow or fast still, they are way behind to compete with sorry

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  • Go Proton, we believe in you. Kipidad

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