In addition to this first place, Renault Fluence Z.E. also won 5 other trophies:
Grégory Fargier and Sylvie Savornin, Fluence Z.E.’s driver and co-driver, said: “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”.
The Fluence Z.E. needed one battery change halfway through the rally to complete 300 km, taking 6 minutes on the clock. This performance was carried out under rally conditions thanks to a simple modification of the battery fixing system to enable it to be released with hand tools, the production fixing system being designed for automated power tools.
Visitors to Renault’s stand were offered initiation in the “Renault Driving Eco²” eco-driving technique in a Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E., organised by Key Driving Competence, a Renault eco-driving training subsidiary. Thanks to their eco-driving training, the 50 participants on the day gained an average of 25 km compared to “normal” driving.
Nissan, a partner in the Alliance, was also honoured in the Challenge Bibendum. A Nissan LEAF won the 30 km urban rally ahead of a Citroen C-zéro and a Peugeot Ion, demonstrating the excellence of the lithium-ion battery technology developed by the Alliance.