Renault shows Zero Emissions Concept at Paris

Renault shows Zero Emissions Concept at Paris

Renault ZE Concept

Renault used the recent Paris Motor Show to unveil the technology which will be available in its electric car when it is launched in 2011.

Z.E. Concept (Zero Emissions Concept) features a design which has been adapted to the spirit of an electric vehicle, with the focus on minimising energy consumption while at the same time maintaining core comfort features.

The energy consumption of auxiliary functions such as lighting, heating, and climate control limits an electric vehicle’s range, so special attention has been paid to optimise energy management.

The Z.E. Concept is powered by a 70kW electric motor with torque of 226Nm, with lithium-ion batteries. The use of heat-reflective paint and insulating bodywork featuring large surface areas contributes to the reduction of temperature fluctuations.  Traditionally this prompts the use of climate control or heating systems which are big consumers of energy. Insulation is further optimised by the use of acid green-tinted glass for the glazed areas.

The bodywork functions along the same lines as a Thermos flask. It comprises two insulating panels with a sandwich of air.  This air, which is still the most effective insulator known today, limits variations in temperature between the exterior and the interior of the car. Solar panels, positioned on the roof, power a temperature regulation system.

The conventional drag-producing exterior mirrors have been replaced by streamlined, low-energy cameras which are also powered by the roof-mounted solar panels to enhance all-round visibility, especially when manoeuvring. The low-drag full-disc aluminium alloy wheels also improve aerodynamic performance.

The headlamps use efficient, high-performance light-emitting diodes (LEDs) which are not only long lasting but also low consumers of energy.

A linear display on the outside of the door provides a visual indication of how much range remains even before the driver gets into the vehicle. Much like a cell phone displays how much power it has left.

Renault ZE Concept

Renault used the recent Paris Motor Show to unveil the technology which will be available in its electric car when it is launched in 2011.

Z.E. Concept (Zero Emissions Concept) features a design which has been adapted to the spirit of an electric vehicle, with the focus on minimising energy consumption while at the same time maintaining core comfort features.

The energy consumption of auxiliary functions such as lighting, heating, and climate control limits an electric vehicle’s range, so special attention has been paid to optimise energy management.

The Z.E. Concept is powered by a 70kW electric motor with torque of 226Nm, with lithium-ion batteries. The use of heat-reflective paint and insulating bodywork featuring large surface areas contributes to the reduction of temperature fluctuations.  Traditionally this prompts the use of climate control or heating systems which are big consumers of energy. Insulation is further optimised by the use of acid green-tinted glass for the glazed areas.

The bodywork functions along the same lines as a Thermos flask. It comprises two insulating panels with a sandwich of air.  This air, which is still the most effective insulator known today, limits variations in temperature between the exterior and the interior of the car. Solar panels, positioned on the roof, power a temperature regulation system.

The conventional drag-producing exterior mirrors have been replaced by streamlined, low-energy cameras which are also powered by the roof-mounted solar panels to enhance all-round visibility, especially when manoeuvring. The low-drag full-disc aluminium alloy wheels also improve aerodynamic performance.

The headlamps use efficient, high-performance light-emitting diodes (LEDs) which are not only long lasting but also low consumers of energy.

A linear display on the outside of the door provides a visual indication of how much range remains even before the driver gets into the vehicle. Much like a cell phone displays how much power it has left.

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