Renault is entering the car-sharing business with its new Mobilize division. The backbone of the service could be the EZ-1: a 2.30-metre short two-seater with an exchangeable battery.
It was in spring 2019 when Seat presented the Minimo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: an electrically powered small car for a maximum of two passengers that was to be perfectly tailored to inner-city car sharing. It was the then Seat boss Luca de Meo himself who unveiled the Minimo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
De Meo reactivates the old Seat idea
Two years later, the Italian is the boss of Renault and is turning the car company upside down. “Renaulution 2021” is the name of the strategy that, among other things, gives the manufacturer a new mobility brand: Mobilize is the name of the division that aims to offer services in the areas of mobility, energy and data-based solutions. Basically, the aim is to offer services to all those who no longer want to own a car but want to use it for the respective purpose – the keyword is “shared mobility”.
The user’s smartphone grants access to the EZ-1 and serves as an interface between the driver and the car.
When it came to designing and developing a car that could serve as the backbone of this service, de Meo obviously remembered his Seat past and the Minimo. Renault’s design team then apparently mixed this with the Twizy, creating the EZ-1 Prototype. Designed specifically for urban shared mobility, the vehicle seats two people and is fully connected: The user’s smartphone grants access to the EZ-1 and serves as the interface between the person and the means of transport.
Half made of recycled materials
The Mobilize EZ-1 Prototype is only 2.30 metres short and, in addition to fully glazed doors, has other special features: For example, the battery of the miniature car can be replaced: Because this eliminates the need for tedious recharging, the useful life is extended and the small electrician can earn more money for Mobilize. Because you don’t buy a possible series version of the EZ-1: users pay either according to time used or distance travelled.