Groupe Renault’s new Mobilize brand has unveiled an electric sedan designed to be used as a taxi, private rental vehicle or fleet vehicle.
The Mobilize Limo was developed as part of a joint venture between Groupe Renault and the Chinese company Jiangling Motors. It will make its public debut at the Munich motor show before going on sale exclusively through a subscription service in the second half of 2022.
The segment D the four-door sedan is 4,670 mm long. It is powered by a 147 hp, 162 lb-ft electric motor that offers a 0-62 mph time of 9.6 s and a top speed limited to 87 mph.
It is powered by a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery that offers a claimed range of 280 miles and can be charged on both AC and DC systems.
Mobilize said the limo is intended for use in urban areas, where private drivers typically drive about 150 miles per day.
Three driving styles and three levels of regenerative braking will be offered, while an 11.2-meter turning radius is designed to facilitate urban maneuvering.
The exterior styling features a distinctive front section to separate Mobilize from Renault, with a sleek, coupe profile. There are also flush door handles, LED headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Mobilize designed the limousine specifically for use in private rental fleets and other mobility fleets, with an emphasis on durability, ease of use and space for rear passengers. The 2750mm wheelbase was designed to maximize rear passenger legroom, with 288mm of knee room. The interior is covered with a TEP leather effect coating for durability, while the rear compartment has two USB ports and volume control. There is also a 411 liter trunk.
Up front there is a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel and a 12.3-inch touchscreen. The infotainment system enables mirroring of smartphones to allow drivers who work for companies such as Uber to access the required apps.
The driver’s seat has been slimmed down for comfort during extended use, and refrigerated storage is located between the front seats.
Following the limousine’s public debut at the Munich Motor Show, a fleet of 40 units will perform validation testing across Europe ahead of market launch next year.
Mobilize says the limo will be “profitable” but has yet to reveal pricing details.
It will be offered on subscription with an offer including both the vehicle and the services for taxis, VTCs and other shared mobility uses. These services will also be offered by Mobilize for other Groupe Renault vehicles.
There will also be an à la carte limousine offer for more occasional drivers.
There are no plans to launch a right-hand drive version of the Limousine for the UK market, although Mobilize plans to offer services in the UK using Groupe Renault vehicles.
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This notice was published: 2021-08-27 11:36:29