The current Paris Motor Show 2014 promises to be one of the greenest in history. At the stands of the event, you will be able to contemplate a huge number of a wide variety of environmentally friendly cars. Among all this variety, Renault Eolab deserves close attention. Representatives of the French company say that the concept version of the model consumes no more than a liter of fuel per 100 kilometers!
The prototype is driven by a hybrid power plant. It includes a 75 hp three-cylinder petrol engine. (95 Nm), a 68-horsepower electric motor with a lithium-ion battery and a three-speed transmission. The Renault Eolab Concept can travel up to 60 km exclusively on electric traction.
Installation of the concept can work in one of two modes: weekday and weekend. The first is ideal for small regular trips (for example, from home to work and back), while the movement is mainly electric, and the maximum speed in this case is limited to 60 km / h.
If the owner is going on a long trip, then it is necessary to activate the weekend mode. In this case, the potential of both gasoline and electric motors will be used, and the maxillo will increase to 120 km / h.
Thanks to the use of ultra-light materials to create the car body, Renault Eolab weighs only 955 kg. So, the roof of the concept is made of magnesium, the hood and doors are made of thermoplastic, and the rear pillars are made of aluminum, and the latter was also used to create the chassis elements.
The aerodynamics of the Renault Eolab are already considered one of the best in the world. So, the drag coefficient of the prototype is only 0.235, while the best indicator among production cars belongs to the Mercedes-Benz CLA (0.23). To achieve this, the engineers used several active aerodynamic elements. For example, the front splitter drops slightly at speeds above 70 km / h, thereby limiting the air flow under the car.
The brakes of the concept car were developed in collaboration with specialists from Continental. A unique feature of Renault Eolab brakes is that when there is no pressure on the pedal, the pads do not come into contact with the surface of the brake disc. Electronics takes control.
The prototype systems analyze the situation on the road and, if necessary, automatically move the pads closer to the brake discs. Thus, Renault was able to further improve the fuel efficiency of the prototype, and this innovation had a positive effect on the life of the pads.
The functions of the car (its audio system, climate control, etc.) can be controlled from the 11-inch touch screen. It also displays the picture from the rear-view camera, which replaces the traditional salon mirror.
When is it worth waiting for the production version of the Renault Eolab? The French find it difficult to answer this question, however, if the prototype is on sale, it will certainly become a direct competitor to the PSA Peugeot Citroen air hybrids.