Sunday, 24 January 2016
‘Defeat device’ all-clear for Renault, as…
Tests conducted so far on a number of Renault vehicles have not revealed the presence of any ‘defeat devices’.
The French Government set up an independent commission to assess the presence of ‘defeat devices in French built cars, following the public disclosure by the EPA – US Environmental Protection Agency – of the existence of ‘defeat device’ software in some Volkswagen vehicles.
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 to reﬂect Renault's market share in France.
At the end of December 2015, 11 vehicles had already been tested, including four 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 solutions for improvement for future and current Renault vehicles.
At the same time, the DGCCRF decided to conduct 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 have visited Renault’s headquarters, the Renault Technical Centre in Lardy and the Technocentre in Guyancourt.
There Renault's teams are cooperating with the independent technical commission and the additional investigations decided by the Ministry of Economy.
Over the last three years, Renault Group claims to have reduced by 10 per cent the carbon footprint of its vehicles.