Last week, Renault held its "2010 Environment Workshop" detailing the company's plans to green its entire range of future vehicles. Renault discussed its electric future including things like battery production, annual sales targets, costs and target customers. In addition to the electric vehicle discussion, the company also touched on engine downsizing, reducing CO2 emissions, diesel technology and so much more. Here are some highlights of Renault's future plans for going green.
Gasoline and diesel engine technology advancements include:
- Thermal management ensures more complete combustion and cuts CO2 emission by one percent.
- Low pressure EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) reduces CO2 emission by three percent.
- Variable swirl technology optimizing air-fuel mix and cuts CO2 emissions by 0.5 percent.
- Variable flow oil pump minimizes energy consumption and reduces CO2 emissions by one percent.
- Triple post-injection strategy optimizes fuel usage and extends oil change intervals.
- Stop-start technology reduces CO2 emission by three percent.
- Engine downsizing reduces fuel usage and can result in a reduction of 20 percent in CO2 emissions.
- Efficient dual clutch transmission can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 17 percent.
- Twizy Z.E. Concept targets urban types in search of a quicker alternative for personal transportation in congested areas.
- Zoe Z.E. Concept is the core model of the electric vehicle range targeted as a second car for those short trips and errands that are a part of everyday life.
- Fluence Z.E. targets the early EV adopter. It's designed for single-car families and as such is a highway capable vehicle with all of the amenities expected.
- Kangoo Express Z.E. is aimed at fleets in search of eliminating emissions while conducting daily business.
We've barely scratched the surface on Renault's future plans, so click here (PDF) to see what else lies ahead. Fair warning, the PDF file is extremely detailed and contains 46 pages of future plans, but a quick glance will reveal an abundance of information that the company has not previously disclosed, so it's at least worthy of a skim.