Renault engineers have been working hard for reducing the emissions of CO2 by reducing fuel consumption. The group’s longstanding efforts in this area place it in today’s top three carmakers on low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
If statistics were to be seen, emissions of pollutant gases have been halved in the last five years. A major actor in this research, Renault is continuing its work on improving air quality. Alternative energies will in the near-future be vital to reduce our dependence on oil. Renault is committed to actively pursuing the introduction of alternative energies on the market. Some are already in use while others are still being studied; all of them are at the heart of Renault’s innovation programs
At the end of 2007, Carlos Ghosn announced the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s “zero emission” objective, a new concept in sustainable mobility. The Alliance, a leader in electric power, aimsto achieve zero emissions through two future solutions: electric vehicles in the medium-term and fuel-cell vehicles in the longer term.
Zero Emission Concept-
The Z.E. Concept is a precursor of Renault’s electric vehicle. Fitted with a 70 kW electric motor, it limits energy consumption to the strict minimum. Its batteries ensure increased range and can be recharged through an adapted distribution network
The vehicle’s strong point is its optimized energy management (lighting, air conditioning, starter, etc.), which increases range and cuts down on waste. The car has also been designed to reduce consumption, with a thermal paint, an insulated body and acid green windows that reduce variations in heat. This reduces air conditioning and heating needs.
Tomorrow’s Zero Emission Solution?
Vehicles that emit water vapor only? Renault is working to make this dream a reality with fuel cells, which produce electricity by combining hydrogen and atmospheric oxygen.
Developed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Scenic ZEV H2 is an electric prototype powered by a fuel cell. And another step towards the zero-emission vehicle!
Renault engineers raised Grand Scenic ground clearance by 60 mm to fit the Nissan-developed fuel cell, high-pressure hydrogen tank and lithium-ion battery. All the roominess and performance of the original vehicle has been preserved, which is a first for this kind of prototype.