Renault will launch the E-Tech Hybrid version of its Clio and E-Tech Plug-In Captur and Megane this year, with the first models going on sale in June.
The new Clio E-Tech Hybrid promises a fuel saving of up to 40% in urban driving and can travel up to 38mph in electric mode.
Renault says the car can operate in all-electric mode for 80% of the time spent on city roads and has strong performance, accelerating from 50 to 75mph in 6.9 seconds.
It recharges its 1.2kWh battery automatically when driving at light throttle or via regenerative braking.
CO2 emissions are expected to be below 100g/km when final homologation is completed.
The Renault Captur E-Tech Plug-In features a 9.8kWh battery, providing a 30-mile zero-emission range.
Two large screens: a 10-inch digital dashboard and a 9.3-inch multimedia display as fitted as standard. The two screens make it easier to understand and monitor the running of the active driving mode.
Drivers can select the “Pure” mode to operate on 100% electric.
Inside, the seating remains unchanged with the rear seat still able to slide 16cm. A space under the hinged false floor allows to store charging cables without encroaching on the boot volume.
In mixed cycle, the Captur E-Tech Plug-In is expected to return 188mpg and emit about 34g/km of CO2 (WLTP).
The Megane E-Tech Plug-In is expected to launch later in the year using the same powertrain as the Captur.
Renault’s E-Tech hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains use a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that has been reworked specifically for the usage. It is joined by two electric motors – one of which is HSG type (High-Voltage Starter Generator) – and a multi-mode clutchless gearbox.
The powertrain was designed with input from Renault’s F1 team. It enables a 100% electric start and the motors can operate independently or together, depending on the requirements of power or regeneration.
Prices and full specifications are yet to be confirmed.