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Renault Design Rides drives record number of emission-free kilometres at DDW19

29 October 2019

Renault at Klokgebouw, image: Jeroen van der Wielen
Renault looks back at a successful edition of Dutch Design Week (DDW), which ran from 19 to 27 October 2019 in Eindhoven. Over 60,000 visitors made use of the free Renault ZOE Design Rides. Interest also went out to the Renault EZ concept cars, lectures by Laurens van den Acker and the online campaign ‘Design the car of the future’.

The new Renault ZOE Design Rides

DDW is the biggest design event of Northern Europe, where the work of over 2,600 exhibitors was displayed for a week in over a hundred different locations in Eindhoven. The event attracted several hundred thousand visitors.

As partner of DDW, Renault provided 35 models of the new and fully electric ZOE for the free transportation service between all DDW locations. The so-called ‘Renault ZOE Design Rides’ each had a remarkable design piece on the roof and drove over 65,000 emission-free kilometres through Eindhoven. The cars were being charged using one of the largest mobile charging squares in Europe, which was developed especially for DDW and installed at the TU/e university campus by Van der Sijs techniek en automatisering. Thanks to the 22 kW AC charger of the Renault ZOE, each charging point realised an hourly charging range of 120km.

Concept Cars

Additionally, three special Renault concept cars were on display in the Netherlands for the first time. The Renault EZ-GO, EZ-PRO and EZ-ULTIMO express Renault’s future vision for urban mobility in 2030. They were shown at the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven – the heart of DDW – and got the attention of almost hundred thousand visitors.

Laurens van den Acker

Next to that there was a lot of attention for the lectures of Laurens van den Acker, the Dutch Executive Vice President Corporate Design of Groupe Renault. Watch the full video report of Renault at DDW here.

Laurens van den Acker
© Jeroen van der Wielen

Winner Design de Auto van de Toekomst: Arne Bijsterbosch

Last but not least the winner of ‘Design the Car of the Future’ was announced. Arne Bijsterbosch is the winner of ‘Design the Car of the Future’. By winning the design contest Arne will drive 100% electric with the new Renault ZOE for one year.

With ‘Design the Car of the Future’, Renault gave a follow-up to the Renault Design Award. This year, participants were challenged to give their vision on the car of the future, three finalists planned to work out their "future vision" with help of a professional sketcher.

The expert jury - led by Laurens van den Acker - was impressed by Arne his concept that focuses on health trends, augmented and virtual reality. He came up with an autonomous driving car in which the passengers are not sitting, but walking on a treadmill.

Curious about the winner? Or do you want to watch all episodes? View the episodes of "Design the Car of the Future" here.