In a world of 7 billion individuals, more than half of whom live in cities, the automobile has to be constantly reinvented so that the car remains a source of progress for all.

Our view is that sustainable mobility should provide solutions that reconcile the need for mobility with the desire for a better quality of life. In our case, that calls for offering not only internal combustion vehicles that are more fuel efficient and thus emit less CO2, but also a range of all-electric vehicles that can be driven freely in cities without polluting the air for the people who live there.

A shrinking environmental footprint

Renault today boasts the world’s leading range in terms of low CO2 emissions.

One reason for this performance is that our vehicle lineup has gotten younger. Another is the success of our Energy engines and the development of our electric vehicles.

In twenty years, we have cut our CO2 emissions by half!*

The environmental footprint of latest-generation Clio is a full 18% smaller than that of its predecessor.

With an electric vehicle, the overall impact on the environment is reduced almost by half. Electric cars will help to achieve the balance between the rising demand for vehicles and the need to protect our planet.

* At 83 g/km of CO2, the present-generation Clio IV dCi 90 hp emits just half the CO2 of the 1995 Clio I diesel 65 hp (165 g/km).

The fiscal context

Legislators are multiplying regulations designed to achieve environmental goals. By way of example, Greater London has created a low-emission zone and now applies strict emission standards to certain diesel vehicles. In 2015 the European Commission inflicted financial penalties on companies whose vehicle fleets emit an average of more than 130 grams of CO2 per kilometer. In the US, Congress has proposed a law demanding that carmakers achieve average fuel consumption of 35 miles per gallon (6.72 liters per 100 km) in 2020.

Electric vehicles: a disruptive solution

In 2011, we began selling a range of four all-electric vehicles at prices approaching those of equivalent internal combustion vehicles. Technological progress has produced batteries that are smaller, more powerful and have a greater storage capacity than previous generations.

A family in front of ZOE, an electric vehicle

Kangoo Z.E. and Fluence Z.E. (sold today in South Korea under the RSM brand), a light commercial vehicle and a sedan, were the first on the road in Europe. In their wake came Twizy, the electric quadricycle, and ZOE, the compact city car.

These all-electric vehicles emit no CO2, NOx or fine particles in use. They are perfectly designed for urban areas, as well as other driving needs. As a consequence, electric vehicles appear to be the best solution for motorists whose average daily mileage is less than 160 kilometers.

Europeans riding in an electric vehicle have, on average, a 50%-smaller carbon footprint than they would in an internal combustion vehicle.

All-electric car-sharing

Electric vehicles are perfect for car-sharing

With zero pollutant emissions and zero noise, electric vehicles are perfect for car-sharing, as more and more examples are showing in Europe. In Italy, Bee-Green Mobility Sharing is operating a fleet of 40 Twizy to meet the demand from  residents and tourists in the city of Naples. Ci.Ro, set up by the Napoli Citta Intelligente organization, offers 8 ZOE, 3 Kangoo Z.E. and a Fluence Z.E. for private and professional use. In Switzerland, over 105,000 customers of Mobility Car Sharing can drive a ZOE. In Germany, Cambio-Carsharing and Sparda bank in Hamburg have developed a car-sharing business as part of a real estate project in that city. In France, the Bluely system, financed by the Bolloré Group, is set to include 50 Twizy in its fleet at Lyon.

Rome promotes clean vehicles

An Aria Technologies study is being conducted in the city of Rome to model the impact of an ambitious policy to promote clean vehicles by 2020. In the scenario tested, electric vehicles represent 20% of the vehicle population in the city center. The findings show that on the main streets, the concentrations of nitrogen dioxide can be reduced by as much as 45% and those of particles (PM10) by 30%. This 

already-significant decrease in the footprint will be followed by further reductions depending on the proportion of renewable energies in a country’s energy mix.

Socially responsible mobility through the Mobiliz program

We consider mobility to be crucial to economic development and the creation of social bonds. A means of pleasure and escape, it is also a way to fight exclusion and poverty. That is why we strive to facilitate access to mobility solutions for everyone.

To make mobility universally accessible, we have been conducting a social entrepreneurship program since mid-2012 aimed at facilitating the integration of people in difficulty by providing them with mobility solutions.Intended initially for France, the program is being implemented in particular through socially responsible garages in the Renault network, which have volunteered to offer products and services at cost to individuals selected on the basis of social criteria.

Mobiliz is backed by the investment company Mobiliz Invest, which provides financing for innovative socially responsible mobility projects.

Products designed for everyone

Renault Tech

Through our Renault Tech unit, we have worked for 25 years on behalf of people with reduced mobility by offering vehicles in Europe designed for individuals with motor disabilities. Each year, more than 1,000 converted vehicles come off the three assembly lines at the Heudebouville plant. They are sold in twelve countries in Europe as well as in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Complementary brands

More generally, vehicles marketed under the Group’s brands – a diverse lineup ranging from SUVs and minivans to compact or sporty sedans – cover a wide spectrum of needs all over the world.