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Renault 5 E-TECH: the return of a 100% electric icon

During the latest Geneva Motor Show at the end of February 2024, French carmaker Renault unveiled its latest electric model, the new Renault 5 E-TECH. This small, 100% electric city car has a unique design that skilfully combines retro charm with high-tech features.
Renault 5 E-TECH: the return of a 100% electric icon
Renault 5 E-TECH: the return of a 100% electric icon

Largely inspired by the original model from the ’70s, this reinterpretation, with its retro-futuristic design, combines modernity and nostalgia, while meeting the expectations of drivers who demand technology, comfort, and respect for the environment.

Innovative, eco-responsible mobility

The new electric Renault R5 has been carefully designed with an emphasis on the use of sustainable materials, energy efficiency, and a reduced ecological footprint.  It incorporates 19.4% recycled materials and 26.6% materials from the circular economy, including 41 kg of recycled polymers. The car is reportedly up to 85% recyclable.

As an example, it uses recycled and bio-sourced materials with low CO2 emissions supplied by MATERI’ACT, the sustainable materials division of FORVIA, France’s leading automotive technology supplier that ranks seventh worldwide.

Sustainable and stylish materials

These materials include NAFILean-R, a multi-award-winning bio-composite made from 20% hemp fibre and a matrix of recycled polypropylene from post-consumer waste. Used for the entire dashboard structure, this innovative material reduces CO2 emissions by 73% and reduces its weight by 20%, without compromising strength, safety, or passenger compartment air quality.

https://media.renault.comThe seats of some models of the new E-TECH will be fitted with Ecorium, a top-of-the-range finishing material. Combining polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from recycled plastic bottles and hemp fibres, Ecorium is an alternative to animal leather that reduces CO2 emissions by 90%.

On other models, the seats, dashboards, and door panels are covered in denim-coloured fabric. Keeping with the spirit of the times, this fabric is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.

Last but not least, Renault has developed a range of storage boxes made from recycled plastic through 3D printing, which are positioned in the centre console.

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