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Χθες έγινε γνωστό πως οι αρχές της Γαλλίας έκαναν έφοδο σε εγκαταστάσεις της Renault, αλλά όπως αποδείχτηκε, οι ερευνητές δεν βρήκαν αποδεικτικά στοιχεία πως η γαλλική αυτοκινητοβιομηχανία διαθέτει παράνομο λογισμικό που χειραγωγεί τις εκπομπές ρύπων των μοντέλων της.

Οι έρευνες έγιναν από τον DGEC, τον γαλλικό οργανισμό ενέργειας και κλίματος, σε συνεργασία με το υπουργείο Οικολογίας, Αειφόρου Ανάπτυξης και Ενέργειας της Γαλλίας, με τους ερευνητές να μην βρίσκουν τίποτα που θα μπορούσε να ενοχοποιήσει την Renault. Στον απόηχο του σκανδάλου της VW, η γαλλική κυβέρνηση θέλησε να ελέγξει το κατά πόσο οι δικές της αυτοκινητοβιομηχανίες διαθέτουν παράνομο λογισμικό στα μοντέλα τους. Έτσι πήραν 100 αυτοκίνητα, με 25 από αυτά να είναι της Renault. Όπως αποδείχτηκε, δεν βρέθηκε κανένα παράνομο λογισμικό ή οτιδήποτε άλλο που χειραγωγεί τις εκπομπές ρύπων των μοντέλων της Renault.

H Renault αναφέρει πως δεν έχει κάνει τίποτα παράνομο και πως δεν έχει να ανησυχεί για τίποτα, συμπληρώνοντας πως οι έρευνες έγιναν στα κεντρικά της γραφεία, στο τεχνικό κέντρο της στο Lardy και στο Technocentre του Guyancourt. Η Renault συμπληρώνει πως είναι πρόθυμη να συνεργαστεί πλήρως με τους ανθρώπους της ανεξάρτητης τεχνικής επιτροπής, και με όποιους άλλους ερευνητές αποφασίσει να προσθέσει το Υπουργείο Οικονομίας της Γαλλίας. Η μετοχή της Renault χθες έκλεισε περίπου -10%, ενώ αυτή την ώρα βρίσκεται στο -2,77% στα 75,6 ευρώ.

Στις σχετικές ειδήσεις, παρόμοια ανακοίνωσε εξέδωσε και η PSA Peugeot Citroen, στην οποία αναφέρεται πως ούτε αυτή χρησιμοποιεί παράνομο λογισμικό στα μοντέλα της και πως δεν αποτελεί αντικείμενο έρευνας των γαλλικών αρχών.

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Groupe Renault press release January 14, 2016 | ID: 74740

Following public disclosure by the EPA – US Environmental Protection Agency – of the existence of a Defeat Device software used by a leading car manufacturer, an independent technical commission was created by the French Government.

The purpose of this independent technical commission is to verify that French car manufacturers have not installed equivalent devices in their vehicles.

In this regard, the UTAC (French Homologation Authority mandated by the Ministry) is currently testing 100 vehicles in circulation, including 25 Renault vehicles reflecting Renault’s market share in France. At the end of December 2015, 11 vehicles had already been tested, including 4 Renault vehicles enabling the French public authorities to initiate productive discussions with Renault’s engineering team.

The French Agency for Energy and Climate (DGEC), which is, on behalf of the Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, the main contact for the independent technical commission, already considers that the on-going procedure would not reveal the presence of a defeat device on Renault’s vehicles.

This is good news for Renault.

The on-going tests open the way for improvement solutions for future and current Renault vehicles. presented in its Renault Emissions Plan which is aimed at improving the energy performance of our vehicles.

At the same time, the DGCCRF decided to carry out additional on-site and material investigations, in order to definitively confirm the first findings resulting from the analysis of the independent technical commission.

The DGCCRF went to the Headquaters, the Renault Technical Centre in Lardy and the Technocentre in Guyancourt.

Renault’s teams are fully cooperating with the independent technical commission and the additional investigations decided by the Ministry of Economy.

Following the success of the COP21, Renault intends to accelerate its investment towards industrial solutions aiming at protecting the planet.

The Renault Group is already in the top 3 (1st in 2013, 2nd in 2014in the improvement programs of of the carbon footprint. Over the last 3 years, the Renault Group has reduced by 10% the carbon footprint of its vehicles.

Tests confirm Environmental performance of the Selective Catalytic Reduction technology (SCR) developed by PSA Peugeot CitroënPSA Peugeot Citroën is pleased to learn that the initial results obtained by the Peugeot 208 and Peugeot 508 in tests organised by the technical committee led by the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy comply with regulations and are aligned with homologated data.

These results confirm the effectiveness of the exclusive BlueHDi after-treatment system, in which selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology is positioned upstream of the particulate filter to eliminate up to 90% of the nitrogen oxides (NOx) released by diesel engines and bring NOx emissions down to levels near those of petrol engines. At the same time, diesel engines maintain their advantage of 15% lower CO2 emissions and 20% greater fuel efficiency. BlueHDi is now recognised across the industry and by outside observers as the most effective system for treating NOx emissions.

Convinced by SCR’s potential, PSA Peugeot Citroën developed and invested in this technology so it could be deployed in late 2013, two years before mandated by regulations. The system was then gradually added as standard equipment on all Euro 6-compliant diesel models. The development of SCR technology represented an investment of several hundred million euros. PSA Peugeot Citroën has filed some one hundred patents for BlueHDi technology, which has undergone continuous development with a view to improving performance and cost in time for the new Euro 6.2 emissions standards in September 2017.

The results already achieved support PSA Peugeot Citroën’s lead in diesel and petrol engines. With a line-up of high-performance petrol engines, including the 3-cylinder PureTech (2015 “International Engine of the Year”), which is recognised for its high fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions, the Group offers a wide range of technologies to meet all types of driving needs.

PSA Peugeot Citroën confidently and serenely awaits the next wave of test results.

PSA Peugeot Citroën is currently developing its second generation of electric vehicles, as well as a new range of plug-in petrol hybrids for launch in 2019.