Renault's Alpine sports car brand is giving a glimpse of its electric future with a concept car. The Alpine A110 E-ternité is based on the brand's internal combustion sports car, but has been rebuilt for the study as an all-electric open-top sports car with 178 kW of power.
The cells of the 60 kWh battery for a range of 420 kilometres are taken from the Mégane E-Tech Electric, but they are arranged in a completely different way. To achieve optimum weight distribution and accommodate the twelve battery modules, special battery housings were developed and the vehicle architecture was adapted, with four modules at the front and eight at the rear. Despite the twelve battery modules, the Alpine A110 E-ternité is only 258 kilograms heavier than the standard version with a petrol engine.
The e-motor is a standard Renault Group component, according to the release - it produces 160 kW in the Mégane E-Tech. For the show car, however, Alpine combined the motor with a special transmission. "It had to be smooth and efficient as well as light and compact. Torque drops had to be avoided," the release says. Since such a transmission didn't exist, Alpine worked with its suppliers to develop it. The result is a dual-clutch transmission and electronic control like the production version of the A110, but with clutches designed for high torque.
Apart from the drive, the concept car has another special feature: the roof is removable, which was not previously available on the combustion model. In order to maintain the rigidity of the A110, two roof shells were developed from recycled plastic.
Renault boss Luca de Meo, himself a marketing expert, explains the epithet E-ternité (French for "eternity") this way: "I want to electrify Alpine to keep the name for all eternity."
Alpine reportedly plans to introduce three all-electric models by 2026 - the electric successor to the A110, a new compact model and the GT X-Over e-crossover, which will be produced at the Dieppe plant from 2025.