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Renault's Ellypse concept promotes environmental harmony


June 4, 2004

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November, 2002 A blend of environmentally friendly design, a new-generation low emission diesel engine, 42-volt electrics and advanced drive-by-wire technology, the Ellypse concept unveiled by Renault at the 2002 Paris Motor Show is one of several new projects aimed at promoting harmony between automobile and environment.Ellypse showcases the intuitive Touch Design technology that first appeared on Talisman concept and the multi-function central control fitted to the bottom of the dashboard operates many of the onboard features such as air-conditioning, GPS navigation, extensive real-time diagnostics, plus an electronic maintenance manual and log book.

Space inside the cabin is optimised through the use of slim "ingenious" seats that allow the user to automatically recline from a driving position to a resting position on the curved floor that incorporates an ergonomic pillow in its design for complete comfort.

The right side of the 3.9-metre long hatchback also contains a two-way opening system that allows the rear door to be tilted outward to maximise the entry into the huge open interior space created by the absence of a central pillar.

Visually the Ellypse is designed as a friendly, accessible vehicle with its wrap-around windscreen and the shape of its headlamps and of the radiator grille giving it a non-aggressive "cheerful air" according to Renault.

The environmental aspects of the design are bolstered by the use of solar cells along the transparent roof panel that optimise air-conditioning inside the cabin and a four-way catalytic converter that simultaneously processes carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, unburnt hydrocarbons and particulates from the 16-valve 1200cc turbodiesel engine.

Components were also chosen for easy disassembly and recycling and the number of parts was deliberately limited - for example the bonnet, bumper and radiator grille are a single part.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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