Re­nault makes dash for elec­tric power

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FEATURES -

Kan­goo Zero Emis­sion van and in March the Twizy and Flu­ence ZE mod­els.

The Flu­ence is a stylish coupe-like four-door. Twizy is classed as a quadri­cy­cle and dubbed “an un­prece­dented so­lu­tion for city mo­tor­ing”. It is a tan­dem two-seater bub­ble on four wheels, ei­ther with a Per­spex half door with side safety bars, or no door. The best range is 62 miles and the price is likely to start at £6,000.

Thierry Koskas, elec­tric ve­hi­cle pro­gramme di­rec­tor, said: “Elec­tric ve­hi­cles are poised to be­come the flag­ships of Re­nault’s eco² drive in favour of the environment, a po­si­tion

By the mid­dle of next year there will be 50,000 ded­i­cated re-charg­ing points in Europe.

which is cen­tered squarely on the avail­abil­ity of a range of more eco­log­i­cally-aware and read­ily af­ford­able prod­ucts and ser­vices.”

Tri­als of elec­tric Re­naults are tak­ing place in sev­eral coun­tries, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia and Rus­sia. It says that by the mid­dle of next year there will be 50,000 ded­i­cated recharg­ing points in Europe.

At this week’s Frank­furt mo­tor show it launched a range of lower emis­sion En­ergy diesel and petrol en­gines, with CO2 re­duc­tions of 12 to 25 per cent.

An ex­am­ple is the 1.5 dCi, Re­nault’s core diesel mo­tor used in one-in-three of its ve­hi­cles from Twingo to La­guna and sold in two out­puts. Me­gane will be the first to get the re­vised 1.5 dCi 110 en­gine. It has slightly more torque, the same 110ps and will be sold in an En­ergy ver­sion which brings the Me­gane be­low 100g/km – zero road tax. It has stop­start ig­ni­tion – which saves a quar­ter of a gal­lon of fuel ev­ery 60 miles of town driv­ing.

In Jan­uary we’ll have the lat­est Twingo, which launches the mar­que’s new de­sign ID, with a big­ger badge on a front which is more ex­pres­sive and, if you will, face-like. It has large round side­lights and lid­ded head­lamps – a fea­ture of the 1990s orig­i­nal. There are slid­ing rear seats, new op­tional de­tail­ing, a choice of roof de­cals and mir­ror cas­ing. The 75ps 1.2 petrol en­gine records 55mpg and 119g/km of CO2. UK de­liv­ery is planned for Jan­uary.

Also on the way, the Twingo Re­nault­sport 133 in the fa­mil­iar yel­low paint.

ON THE WAY: The new-look Twingo with its more ex­pres­sive face ar­rives in Jan­uary.

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