An all-electric Renault Fluence Z.E. has taken first place in the Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2011 Rally, a 300km (186-mile), sustainable mobility-themed rally held in Berlin.
The Renault Fluence Z.E. that ran the challenge swapped out its battery pack once, according to Renault.
The rally, which took place on 18 May, offered the chance to measure the energy consumption and the related well-to-wheel CO2 emissions of the vehicles in real conditions.
The Renault Fluence Z.E. edged the second-place Tesla Roadster and several hydrogen fuel-cell cars for the top honor in the Electric Drive Production category, reserved for cars currently in production. Race officials calculated the so-called well-to-wheels carbon output of each car over the course of the circuit.
As calculated by the Michelin experts, the Fluence Z.E.’s entire CO2 output was 57g/km, or 8% better than the vehicle’s homologation figures.
This year’s event will also throw open its doors to the public for the weekend today (21 May) and an estimated 15,000 Berliners are expected to pour through Tempelhof’s ample doors to sample the latest in driving technology.[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]