Renault Fluence Z.E. Wins Challenge Bibendum 2011 Rally

A Renault Fluence Z.E. has taken to the podium at the 300 km inter-city Challenge Bibendum 2011 rally, clinching the victory not only from electric roadsters, but also from hydrogen and fuel-cell vehicles. The Fluence Z.E.’s entire well-to-wheels CO2 output calculated by Michelin’s team of experts, was 57 g/km, or 8% better than the vehicle’s homologation figures.

“We are very happy to have won the challenge ahead of more exclusive competitors. This challenge gave us the chance to exploit all the vehicle’s potential. It’s reliable, pleasant and efficient to drive,”
said Gregory Fargier and Sylvie Savornin, Fluence Z.E.’s driver and co-driver.

What’s more the Fluence only needed one battery change halfway through the rally to complete 300 km, taking 6 minutes on the clock.

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 maneuverability test on the ADAC 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 best energy 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 vehicle’s energy efficiency and the eco-driving “Renault Driving Eco?”ofits 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 recognized 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 Renault’s electric technology is the cleanest and best-performing alternative energy solution.
  • Naturally, Renault Fluence Z.E. also received an award for its 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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