This is the Renault Morphoz, and whilst at first glance, it may look like your everyday, run-of-the-mill concept car (complete with shiny paint and big wheels), it’s actually hiding quite the secret.
Have a closer look at those photos above. Something seems off? That’s because the Morphoz is a bit of a shapeshifter. A real-life transformer. Oh yes.
Let’s curb your expectations slightly, though. The Morphoz isn’t about to turn into a giant crime-fighting robot, but it is able to adapt its shape and size depending on the driver’s needs. It’s not all theoretical either – we’ve actually witnessed the transformation take place.
The standard setting is known as ‘City mode’. Here, the Morphoz is a fairly normal crossover and is 4.4m long with a 2.7m wheelbase. It features a 40kWh battery connected to a single electric motor which provides a range of 249 miles. Plenty for a day about town, says Renault.
With the Morphoz, all you would need to do is drive to a Renault battery station, where the car would proceed to extend its wheelbase, bonnet, and boot before an extra 50kWh battery pack would be placed into the floor. You’d then be in ‘Travel mode’, which would mean a total range of 435 miles, a wheelbase of 2.9m, and a length of 4.8m. Apparently, passengers would get more legroom as a result and there’d be space for two more suitcases in the boot. Impressive stuff, right?
The Morphoz is actually built on the production-ready CMF-EV platform that has been co-developed by Renault and Nissan too, so it’s not as pie-in-the-sky as you might expect. Although we reckon Euro NCAP might have something to say about an extending wheelbase.
When not in use, the extra batteries at the battery station would apparently support the national grid. Renault says they could be constantly used to store electricity from renewable energy sources or to power street lights and adjoining buildings.
So, the Morphoz is a personal, shareable, transformational, disruptive, electric, part-autonomous, smart, and modular crossover. Build it now and Renault would sell millions. As it happens, though, just the light signatures, interior materials, and the non-extending version of the EV platform are likely to make production.
The Renault Morphoz Shape Shifting Concept Car is the product you didn't think you need, but once you have it, something you won't want to live without.
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