The Symbioz Demo Car is powered by two electric motors mounted directly on the rear axle. They transmit their power to a rear wheel separately. According to Renault, the advantage of this design is optimum traction. The double rear-wheel drive also eliminates the distracting effects on the steering system. An all-wheel steering system called 4CONTROL also increases driving dynamics.
Together, the two electric motors produce 500 kW/680 hp in the demonstration vehicle; they mobilize a maximum torque of 660 Nm. The continuous output is specified at 360 kW/490 hp with a torque of 550 Nm.
The batteries of the concept vehicle with a capacity of 72 kWh can be charged to 80 percent of their capacity in less than half an hour at a quick charging station. Thanks to the total voltage of 700 volts, greater performance increases can be achieved. The vehicle architecture enables the use of electricity storage units up to 100 kWh.
The Symbioz Demo Car was developed in parallel to the Symbioz Concept Car, which was shown at the IAA 2017 in Frankfurt. Like the study, the experimental vehicle is now much closer to series production.
Plus, it is also connected with the concept house with which Renault demonstrated at the trade fair how autonomous, networked and electric mobility could be integrated into everyday life in the future. Renault collaborated with renowned partners to create the Symbioz Demo Car:
- LG for the digital cockpit
- Ubisoft for virtual reality glasses with virtual projections in autonomous mode
- Sanef for the communication of the vehicle with the vehicle infrastructure
- TomTom for navigation and geo-positioning functions
- IAV Engineering for the implementation of autonomous driving functions
As part of its "Drive the Future" strategic plan, the Renault Group plans to launch 15 autonomous vehicles and eight purely electric and twelve electrified vehicles by 2022. The autonomous driving functions will be introduced step by step under the name of "Renault EASY DRIVE". Fully automated driving at level four as in the Symbioz Demo Car will be possible from 2022 onwards.