Renault’s Hybrid Offensive

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The Brussels Motorshow has seen the wraps taken off two hybrids from Renault. The all-new Renault Clio E-TECH Hybrid and the all-new Renault Captur E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid represent a push to deliver 12 hybrids to its range by 2022.

Captur Plug In Hybrid

Groupe Renault has over 10 years expertise in electric vehicles and this has been used to create its new and efficient hybrid motors.

The two electrified versions of Renault’s best-sellers join the largest electric vehicle range on the European market. This line-up is soon to be extended to the upper segment with Mégane E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid.

Captur: The Captur plug in uses a battery with a 9.8kWh capacity. This allows it run in zero emissions mode for upto 48 kilometres. CO2 is expected to be a modest 34g/km.

Clio: Renault says the new Clio embodies its ‘vision of future mobility’, which is autonomous, electric, and connected. It features one of the most modern and comprehensive driving assistance systems on the market, including the Highway and Traffic Jam Companion – a first step towards self-driving vehicles.

The hybrid engine on the Clio E-TECH Renault says “offers maximum efficiency and unparalleled dynamic responsiveness; from 80 to 120 kph in just 6.9s.” Regenerative braking helps optimise energy. Renault claims that 80% of the time spent on city roads is in all-electric mode, delivering a consumption saving of up to 40% compared with an internal combustion engine in the urban cycle. In all-electric mode, the New Clio can travel up to 60km/h.

All hybrid devices represent an additional weight of no more than 10 kilos compared to a dCi 115 engine. In mixed cycle, the all-new Clio E-TECH is with CO2 emissions less than 100g/km (WLTP).

Pricing will be announced nearer launch.

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