Electric power is the real breakthrough solution for countering climate change, because electric cars emit no CO2 (carbon dioxide) while driving(1).
Because an electric motor does not burn any fossil fuel, Renault is fully committed to the electric vehicle as the innovative solution capable of meeting today’s environmental challenges.
Even when we factor in CO2 emissions produced by generating the electricity needed to charge an electric vehicle, the carbon balance is much better than for an equivalent internal-combustion model in most of the countries where electric vehicles are sold.
In Europe, the overall carbon figure averages around 72 grams of CO2 per km for ZOE, compared to at least 100 grams for an equivalent internal-combustion model.
The overall carbon footprint of an electric vehicle varies from one country to another, with the degree of carbon dependency of local power plants. In France, for example, where power-plant carbon dependency is relatively low, the carbon footprint of the Renault ZOE is about 14 grams of CO2 per km.
(1) Zero atmospheroc emissions of CO2 or polluants while driving (to NEDC certification cycle, excluding wear of parts)