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Eolab concept: Renault's 1.0-litre car

2014-09-17 10:25

ONE-LITRE WONDER: Renault will unveil its one-litre concept, the Eolab, at the 2014 Paris auto show on October 2. Image: Renault

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Renault reveals its EOLAB concept - an environmental prototype capable of a claimed fuel consumption of 1-litre/100km. Check out the new model!

  • Eolab capable of 1-litre/100km
  • 100 technological innovations
  400kg lighter than equivalent Clio
  Debut at 2014 Paris auto show

Renault has unveiled its Eolab – an environmental prototype with "nearly 100 technological innovations designed to deliver low fuel consumption" of 1-litre/100km.

The concept is scheduled to make its global debut at the 2014 Paris auto show on October 2 2014. The Eolab, says Renault,  not only previews innovative technology but it’s destined to be introduced on future Renault models.

The automaker claims its Eolab is  “the vision of such a realistic and affordable B-segment car that will appear within ten years”.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Renault Eolab concept

The car derives its moniker from combining the name of ‘Aeolous’ (god and ruler of the Winds in Greek mythology) and 'Laboratory’.

It uses a 1.0-litre, three cylinder 56kW SCe petrol engine combined with a 6.7kWh Lithium–ion battery. It’s capable of achieving 1-litresl/100km with emissions of 22g/km.

According to Renault: "This was achieved by three main areas: minimising weight, refining aerodynamics and using ‘ZE Hybrid’ technology for all, a brand new initiative which permits zero emissions motoring during everyday use."

ULTRA-LOW FUEL CONSUMPTION

It uses materials such as magnesium and aluminium, which are light and also much cheaper than titanium. A weight saving programme brought the car’s mass down by 400kg compared to the current Clio, thanks to a multi-material body shell combining steel, aluminium and composites, as well as a magnesium roof.

The automaker also says that its ZE Hybrid technology is a new, compact and affordable hybrid power unit which combines ultra-low fuel consumption with zero-emission mobility for journeys of less than 60km and at speeds of up to 120km/h.

HIGHLIGHTS

 • 100 new technological developments to be introduced on new Renaults
 • Aerodynamics of 0.235 Cd (30% less than equivalent Clio)
 • Active ride height: Access mode, urban mode and extra-urban mode
 • Active wheels – react to brake temperature to maximise Cd
 • Active front spoiler, rear flaps
 • 400kg lighter than Clio
 • Compact revised brakes – no master cylinder & all systems integrated into one small lightweight unit
 • Narrow 145/45R17 Michelin ultra-low consumption tyres
 • Ultra-thin windscreen glass (3mm) – saves 2.6kg
 • Thinner interior trim & lighter plastics containing air bubbles
 • Optimised seat structures – saves 12kg and 30mm in car length
 • Lightweight dashboard cross member
 • Lighter running gear – steel to aluminium
 • Magnesium roof weighs just 4.5kg
 • Brakes are 14.5kg lighter
 • LED front lights
 • Lithium–ion battery
 • Compact centre-exit exhaust system  
 • 100% Renault ZE Hybrid powertrain
 • 1.0-litre 3-cylinder 56kW SCe petrol engine
 • 400V, 6.7kWh battery with 66km range
 • Innovative patented clutchless three-gear transmission
 • Human Machine Interface – connectivity and real-time eco-driving information

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