Unveiled in October 2022, the Mobilize Duo was to be launched at the end of 2023. But this electric quadricycle is still not available.
At Renault, we are teeming with electrical projects. The revival of the R5 is undoubtedly the most anticipated. Expected is an understatement, because the car has been wanted for three years! With the new trendy models from Losange, you must have one quality: patience. For example, we will have to wait until 2026 to have the new Twingo announced by a concept at the end of 2023.
This situation is not limited to the parent company. Other labels in the group like to make us languish. Take Mobilize, the brand dedicated to new forms of mobility. In October 2022, at the Paris Motor Show, it lifted the veil on the production version of the Duo. This is a small electric quadricycle which will take over from the Renault Twizy.
At the time, Mobilize still announced the color to those who were interested: the machine would not be available before the end of 2023, already a year after the presentation. But here we are in 2024, and the vehicle still hasn’t been launched. Some time ago, the Mobilize website indicated that the Duo would be available in spring 2024. And now, it is written more vaguely “in 2024”, a nuance which seems to betray a further postponement of the launch to a more uncertain date.
Contacted, Mobilize confirmed to us that the Duo will be launched in 2024. The brand explained to us that delays are not unusual when launching a new car. She added that this additional time was used to improve the comfort of the Duo.
It is true that delays can affect the entire automotive industry, especially during this period, where there are still some effects of the big storm following Covid, including the shortage of semiconductors. In addition to the lack of parts, there were logistical problems.
The fact remains that, as with the R5 whose late arrival is a good thing, the Citroën ë-C3 which is taking orders, this delay of the Duo can benefit the competition. The Citroën Ami has enjoyed great success, with more than 43,000 examples delivered since its launch in 2020. A success complemented by the Opel version, the Rocks-e selling well in Germany or the Netherlands. And there is now the Fiat Topolino on the same basis, which has been given a specific look that hits the mark. Before orders opened in November, Fiat said it had already had 4,500 contacts from interested customers in France!
If the electric quadricycle market remains a niche, Renault was a pioneer with its Twizy, launched in 2011. But the concept was not successful enough, notably with the absence of real doors to protect the occupants. A fault that Citroën avoided. Above all, the chevron brand came to play spoilsport with an Ami at aggressive prices, the car having been launched at €6,900 (€7,990 now in base), when the Twizy exceeded €10,000.
Too bad, Renault did not take advantage of its lead to offer a more successful and affordable sequel to the Twizy more quickly, letting customers slip away. The Mobilize Duo is certainly more advanced (it has doors, its equipment is more generous than that of an Ami). But its prices still remain unknown (note that the model will be offered in the form of a subscription) and its launch date unclear.
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