The ride-hailing market in Europe is currently estimated to be worth €28 billion, and by 2030, it is estimated to grow to €50 billion. Renault doesn’t want to miss this opportunity, and so, it has revealed a new electric sedan called the ‘Limo’, under its Mobilize sub-brand. Yes, it’s the same sub-brand that revealed a quadricycle called EZ-1 earlier this year.
Why electric? Well, besides the obvious “the future is electric” reasons, apparently, low emissions zones (LEZ) are popping up Europe-wide, which means the EVs can enjoy unrestricted movement. The Limo is 4.67 metre long, 1.83 metre wide, and 1.47 metre high, which brings it pretty close to D-segment vehicles in Europe. As for the styling, the Limo looks like a mix of a Tesla Model 3 and a few Chinese EVs. And that is because the Limo is the fruit of the Renault Group and Jiangling Motors joint venture. A private version is being launched in China under the JMEV brand. Anyway, the taillights, of course, remind you of Lexus. Exterior features include LED lighting, flush door handles, and 17-inch aluminium rims.
Thanks to a wheelbase of 2.75 metre, the back-seat passengers will have 288 mm of knee room, good enough to be comfy and make out with your partner. Apparently, the rear bench seat can comfortably fit three adults, thanks to a fairly flat floor. The middle armrest includes two cup holders. Other features for the rear passengers include two USB ports, volume control knobs, adjustable air vents and booklights.
The driver is not left out in the dark, obviously. There’s a 10.25-inch instrument display, a 12.3-inch central touchscreen, a 7-color mood lighting, and a refrigerated storage compartment between the front seats as well. Materials used inside include leather-like upholstery and faux-metal inserts. The Limo also boasts 411 litres of luggage space; a spare tyre is housed underneath the boot floor. Depending on the market, the Mobilize Limo may also feature a Winter Pack that gets you heated seats and steering wheel.
Safety systems include up to 8 airbags and ADAS such as Adaptative Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Front Collision Warning, Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and so on.
Since this is essentially a taxi, not many people would be interested in knowing its technical details. But we’ve to share it for those few anyway. And so, the Limo is powered by a single electric motor that develops 110 kW (150 metric hp) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque. A 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) doesn’t sound bad either, for a taxi. A 60 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is estimated to offer a range of around 450 km (280 mi) as per WLTP standards.
As for the availability, Renault said that the Mobility Limo will be available solely on a subscription basis for taxi drivers and fleet operators. The car will make its public debut at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich on September 8th.