The Renault-Nissan alliance aims to become the first full-range car manufacturer to market zero-emission vehicles. As a precursor, the firm has set apart $5.6 billion for the manufacture of EVs. Electric cars emit no CO2 while in use. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is developing a complete range of 100% electric power-trains with power ratings of between 15kW (20hp) and 100kW (140hp).
For Renault, the electric vehicle is a real long-term solution to today’s environmental and noise pollution issues in cities. Technological innovations now make it possible to mass market an electric vehicle at reasonable cost.
In addition, changes in vehicle use make electric cars ideal for the majority of trips, with 87% of Europeans currently driving less than 60 km a day.
Renault will also give customers access to innovative services making electric vehicle use easier and to advanced battery technology currently under development by the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
The alliance between the two manufacturers has already secured deals to supply China and France with electric cars, and in 2010, the companies teamed up with Daimler to develop electric models of the Twingo and the smart fourtwo.
According to its new strategy, Renault is also aiming to make its combustion engines cleaner.
It said its new Energy TCe petrol engines would cut CO2 emissions from its small and medium-sized vehicles by around 30 per cent, equivalent to 40g/km of CO2 and one litre less fuel per 100 km.
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