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Mobilize Bento: the new mini utility vehicle from Renault

In the war between it and Citroën on electric micro-mobility, the Renault group is launching an urban utility vehicle: the Mobilize Bento.

Mobilize is embarking on a new chapter. The Renault group’s mobility brand created in 2021 as part of the Renaulution plan, is set to offer flexible mobility solutions for both individuals and professionals. Electric quadricycles, mini utility vehicles, autonomous shuttles: functioning independently from Renault, Dacia, and Alpine, the brand has been teasing its first models for several years: the Duo and the Bento. The first is a mini electric city car that aims to compete with the Citroën Ami: offering two seats in a compact size, over 100 kilometers of autonomy, and most importantly, an affordable price! It will also be available in a “utility” version, named Bento (a rival to the Ami Cargo), which Mobilize has just unveiled at the Solutrans Show in Lyon!

A new rival for the Citroën Ami

Visually, the Bento is a Duo with a large cargo trunk at the rear. It was designed for craftsmen, maintenance workers, or any individuals who need to carry out tasks in urban or peri-urban areas, especially in areas with heavy traffic and/or limited parking. With its compact dimensions, the Bento can be parked transversely in a parking space, only occupying a third of the area: perfect for parking between two “normal” sized cars. Mobilize announces a loading volume of one cubic meter, and 80 kg payload. Several configurations of the cargo space will be possible to suit the needs of as many people as possible.

Mini electric utility

On board, the Bento has been designed to focus on essentials: a single seat, an airbag, and air conditioning. Mechanically, this quadricycle is 100% electric: capable of reaching up to 80 km/h, and covering 140 kilometers on a single charge. Mobilize has been vague about its power and charging times, but it is known that it can be plugged into a household outlet or a Type 2 terminal (WallBox or public company and administration terminals). No information has been provided about its pricing yet: for reference, a Citroën Ami Cargo can be purchased for €8,390, excluding delivery costs. The Mobilize Bento will be available in France from the first half of 2024.

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