Renault Samsung Motors unveiled the new SM3 Z.E. at the Daegu International Future Auto Expo in South Korea. The autonomy of the Renault Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E.—claimed by the company to be the market’s only three-box saloon—has been increased by 57% to 213 km (132 mi) based on the Korean type approval cycle.
The company says that battery power has been upped to 36 kW·h with no increase in weight and—with the average daily trip in South Korea standing at 40 km (25 mi) in 2016, according to a Korean Transportation Safety Authority (KOTSA) report—the new SM3 Z.E. is capable of running for approximately five days on a single charge.
The goal for this increase in autonomy and the model’s spacious cabin is for the SM3 Z.E. to address the demand expressed by retail customers as well as state-run fleets and taxi operators. According to the company, 1200 cars were purchased by South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare last April. The model is also reportedly popular as an EV taxi in Seoul, Daegu, and Jeju Island.
Gilles Normand, SVP, Electric Vehicle, Renault, said, “Groupe Renault, Europe’s number one EV brand and the market’s pioneer, is in the process of introducing second-generation versions of its electric vehicles. As laid out in our Drive the Future plan, this process will enable Groupe Renault to strengthen its geographical and segment coverage and foster a step-up in the electric vehicle market.”