Renault showcases green progress

The Renault eco² signature highlights models that are designed to cut reduce environmental impact from production to disposal.

All Renault eco² models will have emissions under 140g/km, the manufacturer has promised, and many, such as the Twingo and Clio with dCi 85 engines, offer emissions below 100g/km.

The 2010 Environment Workshop is, says Renault, a chance for the brand to showcase the progress it has made with green technology.

In response to stricter EU emissions laws, Renault has highlighted four areas where its models will be improved to cut emissions in traditional combustion engine-powered vehicles.

The first area focuses on the vehicle’s weight. Renault says it will cut weight by using lightweight materials and doubling up on functions of components to reduce the number of parts needed.

All vehicles will also be rigorously tested to be as aerodynamic as possible, as seen on the recently introduced Megane Coupe-Cabriolet and Wind roadster models.

Renault has also identified rolling resistance tyres and downsizing of petrol and diesel engines as key factors in reducing CO2 emissions and increasing fuel consumption across the range.

As part of the 2010 Environment Workshop, Renault is offering test drives of its Twingo, Clio, Megane and Laguna eco² models.

Renault has also revealed the Fluence Z.E. family saloon, Kangoo Z.E. Van and two other all-electric models are planned for the next four years. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is currently investigating a battery exchange network and extended batteries for its future zero emissions driving range.