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Renault to test wind-powered car shipping to cut emissions

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Neoline will transport Renaults to north America from 2024

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Sail-powered cargo ships: carbon-neutral car transport

► Renault to use sail-powered cargo ships► Trial due to start in 2024 with Neoline
► Part of major drive to reduce CO2 footprint

Renault will trial a new carbon-neutral form of shipping in 2024 – swapping traditionally dirty cargo ships for sail-powered boats to transport its cars around the world.

The car maker is partnering with Neoline, a French company pioneering wind power for transatlantic shipping.

Its boats use vast 50m tall solid sails for propulsion on long-distance routes. Renault plans to launch the roll-on, roll-off commercial service in 2024.

Sail-powered car transport: Renault trims its carbon footprint

It’s not just short-haul journeys; Renault will test the new scheme transporting vehicles to north America from Saint-Nazaire, in western France.

Around 300-400 vehicles can be shipped on each Neoline vessel. Although it will take a little longer than a traditional cargo ship, it will reduce the carbon emissions that make up a significant part of a vehicle’s cradle-to-grave impact.

It’s part of a major decarbonisation programme at Renault. It has pledged to achieve net zero carbon in Europe by 2030 and worldwide by 2050.

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