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The Eolab concept is a large plug-in hybrid hatchback which, the carmaker claims, could run close to 100km with just 1 litre of fuel. The concept car has been built on a B-segment vehicle platform and integrates technology that helps it achieve extremely low fuel consumption.


The Eolab concept is basically a large plug-in hybrid hatchback. The car combines a petrol engine with an electric motor in a compact vehicle format, which the company says offers about 60km of distance with zero-emission or electric vehicle like conditions.


Renault says that lighter weight of the vehicle means low fuel consumption, and hence, the concept car’s multi-material body combines steel, aluminium and a magnesium roof that weighs just 4.5 kg, bringing the overall weight just under 1000 kilos. The car further features adjustable ride height.


Patrick Lecharpy, Director, Design Synergies for the group, who is also in charge of Renault's design centres in Chennai and Mumbai, believes the hybrid car is more than a concept and could be on the street in 2022.


"This is a real vehicle study that was started after the French state initiated a project to study less than 2-litre engines," he explains. The car he elaborates has 100 bricks of innovation, 20 of which exist in Renault cars today. "Sixty will be applied in the next 8-10 years. The other 20, I don't know when we can apply," he quips.


Amongst the innovations in the Eolab are floor in carbon, roof in magnesium and a smaller three-cylinder engine. All this shaves off 30 percent of the weight of an equivalent car.


The innovative aerodynamic design elements include an integrated grille which allows front air entry. The air then passes over the wheels and exits through aerodynamic arches along the sides. At the rear end, a pair of flaps open out once a speed of 70 kmph is achieved. The transmission is automatic, and while the car runs on electric power in the first and second gear, it switches to gas in the higher gears.

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