PARIS — Renault is offering a vision of versatile electric mobility in the years after 2025 with its Morphoz concept, a family-sized crossover vehicle that can expand in the front to accept a larger battery pack for longer trips and in the rear to increase cargo and passenger space.
The Morphoz is based on the Renault-Nissan alliance’s CMF-EV electric vehicle platform, which will be used for on alliance vehicles beginning in 2021. Renault says elements from the Morphoz’s design, details and interior will be carried over to the next generation of its electric vehicles.
The Morphoz was meant to be shown at the Geneva auto show, along with a number of new electrified models in Renault Group’s range, including the Renault Twingo Z.E. battery-powered car, and the Renault Captur and Megane plug-in hybrids, and the Clio conventional hybrid. Dacia was also going to show its first electric vehicle.
The CMF-EV platform is designed around a flat battery pack and wheels that are pushed out to all four corners to maximize interior space. Renault executives say it increases interior room by a full segment — for example, a vehicle built on the platform could have the exterior dimensions of a compact car but the interior volume of a midsize one.
Renault says the Morphoz is meant to showcase the modular capacity of the CMF-EV platform, which can accept different sizes of battery depending on the intended use. The Morphoz is part of an electric “ecosystem,” based on a platform that allows for wireless induction charging, transfer of extra electric power to the owner’s home, and storage of larger battery packs for long-distance travel.