As part of the Renault Commitment 2009, the company is working on an electric vehicle for introduction into the market by 2010. Renault is jointly developing the technology with Alliance partner Nissan.
On Monday, Nissan announced its Green Program 2010 (NGP 2010), which sets out targets for reducing CO2 emissions; reducing exhaust emissions; and accelerating recycling efforts. NGP focuses on a range of vehicle technologies, including clean diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, fuel-cell and electric. (Earlier post.)
The Renault Commitment 2009 is also a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The plan is based on three commitments: to be one of the world’s top three carmakers for low level emissions of CO2, to offer a range of models powered by biofuels such as bioethanol and biodiesel, and to develop a wide range of technologies, including electric power, that are affordable. (Earlier post.)
As part of Renault Commitment 2009, the company has set a precise target for 2008: Plan “120/140” is to sell one million vehicles emitting less than 140 g of CO2/km, with one third emitting less than 120 g.
Renault projects that the electric vehicle will be a solution that is ideally suited to city driving. The project has reached an advanced stage, according to the company, and Renault is already working on all the future vehicle’s components.
Renault and Nissan are working together on lithium-ion battery technology and packaging, the electric motor and the software that is needed to manage the car. Work is also underway on a process to recover energy when the vehicle brakes.