Christophe Deville, Renault EVs at the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum on Driving the Nation

Christophe Deville, Renault EVs at the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum on Driving the Nation

Christophe Deville is the Manager of Communications for Renault. Deville talked about the difference in charging times between Europe and the United States.

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Renault Fluence Z.E. wins the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin, Germany

from the Renault press release:
The Renault Fluence Z.E took first place on the podium in the 300 km inter-city Challenge Bibendum 2011 rally. In doing so it took the title not only from high-performance electric roadsters but also from hydrogen and fuel-cell vehicles.

The Fluence Z.E.s entire well-to-wheel CO2 output calculated by Michelins team of experts based on European electricity production, was 57 g/km, or 8% better than the vehicles homologation figures.
This victory demonstrates that Renaults 100% electric technology, whose price makes it accessible to the largest number of people, is also the most efficient.

In addition to this first place, Renault Fluence Z.E. also won 5 other trophies:

Renault Fluence Z.E. rose to 1st place in the manoeuvrability test on theADAC circuit. In the hands of Gregory Fargier, a test driver in Renault Sport Technologies, it achieved a record time of 2.02 minutes, or 5 seconds faster than the fastest of the Teslas.

Renault Fluence Z.E. received the award for the bestenergy efficiency. It succeeded in covering the 300 km of the Challenge Bibendum with a consumption of only 37.44 kWh. This performance was achieved thanks to the vehicles energy efficiency and the eco-driving “Renault Driving Eco²”ofit’s driver, Gregory Fargier, and his co-driver Sylvie Savornin, a major account manager at Renault. In total, this represents a total autonomy of 215 km (including performance tests).

The Fluence Z.E.s entire well-to-wheel CO2 output was also recognised with an award. As calculated by the Michelin team of experts, the figure of 57 g/km was lower than that of hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles. It demonstrates that Renaults electric technology is the cleanest and best-performing alternative energy solution.

Naturally, Renault Fluence Z.E. also received an award for it’s local emissions, because there are no polluting emissions in use.
Finally, Renault was presented with a design award for vehicle having the best integrated recharging solution.

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