For the longest time, the only French things I liked were fries and croissants. But Renault is giving me good cause to reconsider my stance on French cars with their latest EV concept, the “Frendzy.”
One part Honda Element, one part Nissan Leaf, the “Frendzy” concept vehicle is a “mutli-faceted friend” that transforms from work commuter to active lifestyle vehicle in short order. An external video screen can display “useful messages or advertising” and an internal video screen will keep the kiddies occupied in the rear bench seat, which can fold flat for extra cargo room. Did I mention the suicide doors? I love suicide doors.
Just a concept for now, the Frendzy will utilize the Kangoo Z.E.’s running gear, which should be good for about 80 miles of travel. There is also space for RIM’s Blackberry Playbook to dock near the driver, keeping you in touch with life even when you’re far from civilization…though as an EV, you’re not going to be able to get too far away. Still, I love how Renault is taking an exciting approach to EV’s, from a fast hot hatch to the Dezir supercar concept, along with the more pedestrian commuter vehicles.
Still, between the Frendzy (not a fan of that name) and the VW Bulli minibus concept, I’m rather torn. Which of these two vehicles would you rather have?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.