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May 12, 2016 11:15

Frugality runs deep in the life of Indians. They’ll seek to drive better value in every aspect of life possible. Even when it comes to personal mobility, Indian car buyers have always cheered for their favourite cars with their cheque books based on their fuel efficiency in particular. While this behaviour has evolved over the years to include, styling, features & safety into the decision, efficiency still reigns supreme.

Renault cars got the magic formula right with the Duster, a model that raked in the revenues and turned the brand into the segment leaded, leaving the competition far behind. This came as no surprise to those that followed the French brand closely, knowing very well, the penchant for innovation that fuelled all their products.

The Auto Expo that was held in Delhi, earlier this year brought with it many an interesting concept car, but the one that caught the eye was the Renault Eolab. Designed to showcase Renaults strengths and its efforts towards building cars for the future, the Eolab made for an interesting concept. The manufacturer has proudly proclaimed that it intends to incorporate many an element from it into its revamped model range that should come out into the market sometime towards the turn of the next decade.

With a claimed fuel efficiency aim of 100 km/l, it points towards an exciting future for Renault cars indeed. The company adopted a three-pronged approach towards achieving this astonishing goal. First, it gave the Eolab a silhouette that was more slippery than ever. The inspiration came from tear-drops, where the engineers turned it onto the side and went about sculpting the prototype with a minimalist frontal area, a roof-line that stayed close to the ground & the narrowest of dimensions for the tail section. This was then perfected through extensive wind tunnel testing that resulted in a drag coefficient of just 0.235!

Other technical solutions were auto-deploying wind flaps to aid aerodynamic efficiency, replacing ORVM’s with cameras & more. Massive weight gains were achieved through usage of high-strength steel, exotic metals like aluminum, magnesium alloys and even engineered plastics.

Lastly, the hybrid propulsion system on the Renault Eolab is a veritable tour-de-force. Primary propulsion is achieved through a 54 bhp electric generator that’s rated for 120 km/h top speed, that works in tandem with a 3-cylinder, 74 bhp, petrol engine. The latter only comes on as & when needed, with the electric motor handling primary propulsion duties.

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