Morphoz: Renault presents adaptable car
At the canceled Geneva show, Renault was ready to show the Morphoz concept car. As the name suggests, the vehicle can change according to the needs of its passengers. It’s Renault’s vision on personal and shared mobility for 2025 and beyond.
Morphoz sits on Renault’s future, a modular electric platform CMF-EV that will be used throughout the Alliance. It offers a choice between different configurations regarding power, battery capacity, range, interior space, and luggage volume.
“The technology, in all its forms, contributes to a new travel experience for its occupants, in the city, and during longer travels at weekends or on vacation,” says Laurens van den Acker, Design Director of Renault.
Specific electric platform
Like VW, Renault sees the advantages of a specific electric platform, in this case, CMF-EV. A specific architecture for EVs has advantages regarding design, space use, and efficiency. With weels in the corner, small electric motors, and a battery under the floor, the possibilities for the interior designers have grown considerably.
The modular character of Morphoz is reflected in its possible metamorphosis from a city car into a car intended for traveling. In its (short) City modus, Morphoz is 4,4 m long and has a 2,73 m wheelbase. It is powered by a 100 kW engine and has a 40 kWh battery pack.
In its extended Travel modus, Morphoz is 4,8 m long and has a 2,93 m wheelbase. 50 kWh of additional battery capacity can be added, and the power is increased to 160 kW. The longer wheelbase gives ample room for the rear passengers; the longer profile improves the air resistance while traveling further.
The ‘metamorphosis’ happens in a specific changing station, where the car is changed into ‘Travel Modus’. An additional battery pack of 50 kWh is shoved into the extended car through a hatch in the floor. The 400 km range in city circumstances becomes 700 km for a longer journey.
When back from this trip (weekend or vacation), the additional battery is returned to the station, where it is charged. It is ready for another customer, or to be used for other applications like energy storage or delivering energy for other purposes.
Connectivity of all kinds
When the ‘owner’ of the car approaches Morphoz, the car recognizes him and opens up after a simple waving of the hand. The interior has much space and a ‘LivingScreen’ retractable screen that opens on demand.
While the driver always looks to the front, the front passenger can tilt his seat and converse with the rear passengers. When the car changes modes, the rear seats can shift to the rear and leave a lot of space between the front and rear seats.
Morphoz also offers level 3 of autonomous driving. The advanced connectivity inside and outside the car with other cars and devices is done via a 5G network and wifi. It uses artificial intelligence for certain functions.
In the end, Morphoz wants to be the heart of an ecosystem for the entire family and even for the neighborhood, given the fact that a part of the battery or the whole battery can be used for multiple purposes. “It’s a step further when we’re talking about car-sharing,” says Renault.
Renault wants its car ecosystem to become part of the ‘smart cities of the future’. It will, therefore, also make use of the internet of things, and will be an integral part of the way people will live in the cities of the future, according to the manufacturer.