17 December 2015

Renault accelerates its investments toward environmental protection

Groupe Renault reaffirms its investments in industrial solutions to help reduce emissions.

Groupe Renault, which is the first European car manufacturer to have invested heavily in the 100% electric car, has reduced the carbon footprint of all its vehicles by 10% in the last 3 years.

Within the dynamics of the COP 21 climate change conference, and following the recent shocking events in the automotive industry, Renault has decided to move technologies forward at a faster pace to further protect the environment.

In this respect, Groupe Renault considers that the independent commission set up by the authorities is a welcome news for French automakers, and will improve the level of transparency that customers deserve:

1- Renault vehicles are not equipped with fraudulent software or systems designed to bypass the emission control system.

2- Renault vehicles have been approved in accordance with the regulations.

3- For Renault, significant potential for improvement remains regarding the release of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the current conditions of use.

In July 2015, Renault Engineering launched a research programme to develop solutions to further reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.

Based on an accelerated engineering and deployment schedule, Renault is committed to an ongoing process to improve the performance of EGR pollution control systems. The objective of this program, with an additional budget of €50 million, is to significantly reduce the gap between actual emissions and standards-based emissions.

Starting in July 2016, the improved EGR will be progressively deployed on new vehicles rolling off the production line.

At the same time, Renault continues to pursue its ambitious programme to invest €1.2 billion in R&D over five years, together with its Alliance partner Nissan, to develop the new generation of increasingly clean and efficient engines to comply with the future Euro6d regulation. The decision has been made to pull this programme forward.


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