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Renault launches new Mobilize mobility brand with EZ-1 concept car

The Mobilize EZ-1 concept is Renault's answer to the Citroen Ami; new brand to focus on urban mobility

Mobilize EZ-1

This is the Mobilize EZ-1, the first concept car to carry the name of the Renault Group's new mobility brand. Much like the Citroen Ami, the EZ-1 is intended as an urban mobility vehicle for use by car-sharing services, and it's set to be launched under the new Mobilize brand.

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The EZ-1 concept is similar in approach to the current Renault Twizy, with a tandem seating layout and tiny 2.3-metre length. The car is intended to be driven on a 'pay-as-you-go' basis as part of the Mobilize brand's car-sharing service. Keyless entry features, allowing drivers to use their smartphone to gain access. 

It's not yet clear when the EZ-1 will make it into production, nor when Mobilize plans to roll out its services. Details on the concept's powertrain are also not yet confirmed, although a "battery exchange system" is used in place of the usual recharging method.

The brand has an eye on sustainability, too, with the EZ-1 constructed from 50% recycled materials and intended to be 95% recyclable when the time comes, at a facility called the Renault Re-Factory. Its batteries will recycled for use in energy storage solutions, Renault says.

Elsewhere, Mobilize is set to develop new charging technology for other Groupe Renault brands. A range of other Mobilize cars is promised, offering options for "car sharing, ride-hailing, last-mile delivery and on-demand transit".

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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