Mobilize, the Renault Group brand dedicated to new mobility, unveils Duo, an urban electric vehicle that will be available in 2023 in the form of a subscription or long-term rental. A utility variant called Bento will also be offered, but from 2024.
These quadricycles, which will be presented at the Paris Motor Show, directly compete with the Citroën Ami and My Ami Cargo, although the acquisition model is different.
Stylistically, the Mobilize Duo looks like an evolution of the Renault Twizy with similar proportions, fairly thin LED lights, protruding bumpers and scissor doors. The Mobilize Duo sits on a tubular chassis and features unpainted plastic body panels. Six spaces on the body, such as the strip under the windscreen, the door handles and the C-pillars, can be personalized.
The footprint is very small with 2.43 m long, 1.30 m wide and 1.46 m high. These dimensions are barely greater than those of the Renault Twizy, but the height is the same. Like the latter, it can accommodate two people one behind the other. Mobilize claims that 50% of the EV is made from recycled materials and that 95% of it will be recyclable. Inside, there’s a boombox-style dashboard with a small universe-inspired digital instrument cluster gaming from the 1990s, a built-in speaker, a USB-C slot and a smartphone docking station.
Unlike the Twizy, the cabin is completely closed with large glass surfaces on the door, while the steering wheel has an airbag. The driver’s seat slides over 20 cm, to facilitate access to the rear seat. Two storage spaces are provided on either side of the front seat to carry two cabin-size suitcases. The rear seat of the Duo offers enough space to accommodate a passenger of 1.80 m. The seat cover is in TEP for easier washing.
The Mobilize Duo has a single electric motor placed on the rear axle. This quadricycle will be offered in two variants: one with a maximum speed of 45 km/h from 14 years old; and another with a top speed of 80 km/h for B permits. Mobilize didn’t reveal the Duo’s power or any performance figures, but says acceleration is snappy thanks to the torque available immediately. A battery of unknown capacity allows a range of 140 km according to the manufacturer, and can recover 90 km of range in 3 hours from a standard household outlet.
The Duo integrates connectivity to provide management of corporate, car-sharing or micromobility fleets. This system makes it possible to trace certain vehicle data in real time and transmit it to the management platforms of companies or operators. OTA remote updates are also available to enable certain services or enrich functions.
For Duo retail customers, Mobilize will offer flexible subscriptions starting at three months rental. The monthly payments can be modulated according to the duration of the latter. For business customers, long-term leases (LLDs) will be offered through Mobilize Financial Services.
A utility variant of the Duo, alias the Bento, uses the same aesthetic codes and will be available from 2024. It will benefit from a closed trunk at the rear with a volume of 700 l, taking the place of the passenger seat.