The electric vehicle strategy by Renault has been displayed at Brussels Auto Show with the New hybrids Renault Clio E-Tech and Renault Capture E-Tech Plug-In.
These latest models are new additions to the largest electric vehicle range on the market, that soon will be extended to the upper segment with Mégane E-Tech Plug-in.
The New Clio E-Tech can go by 80% of the time spent on city roads in all-electric mode, for a consumption saving of up to 40% compared with an internal combustion engine in the urban cycle. The New Captur E-Tech Plug-in can run at 100% electric for 50 kilometres with a top speed of 135 km/h in mixed use (WLTP) and 65 kilometres in urban use (WLTP City).
The drive train used across the board in Renault hybrid motors is modular, with one of two variants: E-Tech for ‘full hybrid’ (HEV or “hybrid’) and E-Tech Plug-in for ‘full plug-in hybrid’ (PHEV or
‘rechargeable hybrid’). Integrating the new technology into these two models is easy thanks to both the new CMF-B modular architecture that was designed from the outset to take on electric capabilities and the fact that E-Tech systems are more compact than ever before and can be mounted in the engine bay of a versatile sedan, such as the New Clio.
Renault engineers have devised an innovative solution for a hybrid range that is relevant, original, and exclusive – with more than 150 patents – and based on a hybrid “series-parallel” architecture to ensure the largest range of combinations and the best CO2 gains when on the road.
Battery capacity varies according to the type of hybrid engine:
- The New Clio E-Tech has a 1.2 kWh battery (230V) that grants significant reductions in fuel use and CO2 emissions, for up to 80% of urban driving time in 100% electric mode.
- The New Captur E-Tech Plug-in has a 9.8 kWh battery (400V) that allows for up to 65 km in 100% electric mode in urban areas.