Article By John Redfern

Renault to launch an electric saloon TAXI

Designed for taxi drivers and private-hire ride-hailing use, Renault’s electric Mobilize Limo will offer a zero-emissions subscription service.

The upcoming IAA Mobility show in Munich will see the launch of a brand-new electric saloon car.

The Mobilize Limo concept is a joint venture between Renault and China’s Jiangling Motors Group.

Aimed at taxi drivers and ride-hailing services such as Uber, the Mobilize Limo will be offered with a flexible subscription package.

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Renault notes that taxi drivers typically operate in major urban areas. For example, 75 percent of the 47,000 private hire vehicles in France can be found in Paris and the surrounding suburbs.

It means private hire drivers are likely to be affected by the push for low emissions zones. A zero emissions option, like the Mobilize Limo, could soon become a necessity.

Pay-as-you-drive deals will be offered for casual drivers, with more substantial packages available – including maintenance and insurance.

The Mobilize Limo will come with a 60kWh battery pack, offering an estimated range of 280 miles. Renault says it should be compatible with all AC and DC charging systems. Use of a fast charger will add 150 miles of range in 40 minutes.

Designed for driver and passenger comfort, the Mobilize Limo has a flat rear floor. Three rear-seat passengers should fit inside comfortably, with USB charging points and ventilation controls easily to hand.

A satin-finish TEP leather-effect upholstery is easy to clean, while the driver gets a 10.25-inch digital dashboard. The centre console houses a 12.3-inch touchscreen, providing navigation and smartphone connectivity.

Following its reveal in Munich, a fleet of 40 Mobilize Limos will be trialled throughout Europe in the second half of 2022.

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