Long, low and covered in shimmering gold diamond-shapes, the Renault EZ-Ultimo concept car, unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, looks unlike any car the French automaker has ever produced. Or, for that matter, unlike any car anyone has ever made.
Looking toward a future in which autonomously driven electric cars are hired to shuttle occupants around town, Renault designers envisioned the most luxurious version of such a machine. A high-end luxury hotel might have a fleet of these to carry guests to and from the airport, said Renault designer Stephane Janin. Or a couple might rent one for a special night on the town.
Renault designers have been exploring several different types of driverless vehicles. At the Geneva Motor Show in March, Renault showed off a less ornate vehicle called the EZ Go. It explored the idea of public autonomous transportation. With simple bench seats and huge windows, it could provide an inexpensive ride around a city.
In the EZ-Ultimo, on the other hand, a few occupants are concealed behind lattice windows covered in shimmering champagne-colored diamond shapes that look like fish scales. The car’s profile is low and sleek to suggest speed.
“It could have been much simpler but we wanted to create a piece of art,” said Janin.