Renault's New Electric Concept Car Looks Like A Firefly On Acid

Welsh design star Ross Lovegrove helped create the nature-inspired Twin'Z city car.

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French carmaker Renault and Welsh industrial designer Ross Lovegrove teamed up to create this LED-covered, lightning-bug-looking electric city car, called the Twin'Z. They unveiled the concept this week in Milan.

Lovegrove envisions the Twin'Z as an "endearing, almost living object," and, indeed, the car has a sort of organic, squishy look to it. The neon green wheels (see close-up image in the gallery) resemble growing tree branches. Renault says it used 3-D printing to create the design.

Inside the car, animated light patterns are supposed to "expand the occupant's experience"--uh, lay off the hallucinogens, Renault--but seem like they would be hypnotically distracting. There's no dashboard, just a tentacle-like steering column and a single touchscreen display mounted on a post to the right of the driver's seat.

The all-electric Twin'Z has a range of 100 miles and top speed of just over 80 mph.

See the gallery for a closer look at this trippy car.

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