The Courb C-ZEN electric concept car is a collaborative project between French designer Courb and Texas-based battery supplier Valence Technology.
The C-ZEN (which stands for ‘C’est Zéro Emission Nocive’, French for ‘No Harmful Emissions’) concept at this year’s Geneva show is the second-generation C-ZEN vehicle from Courb.
Powered by a 15kW electric motor and a patented lithium phosphate (LiFeMgPO4
) battery pack, the C-ZEN has a range of 205km and has a top speed of 110km/h.
In comparison, the original C-ZEN unveiled at Geneva in 2009 was powered by 12kW electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, which combined for a range of 160km and a top speed of 95km/h.
2009 Courb C-ZEN
Valence says the C-ZEN complies with regulations of many European cities and is targeted at urban commuters, particularly younger drivers.
The vehicle also looks like it would have potential as a beach basher, with its dune-buggy styling and lightweight construction.
Neither Courb nor Valence have announced any plans for a production version of the C-ZEN, with the focus of the vehicle on its design and engineering elements.