Report – Renault to develop plug-in hybrids image

According to French newspaper Les Echos, Renault is hard at work on hybrid technologies, including a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which it may be put in the passenger vehicles before 2020.

Renault’s hybrid development work remains in the “exploratory stage,” a spokesman told Automotive News Europe when asked about the report.  He added that although the executives are also exploring the possibility, no final decision has been made in regards to a hybrid drivetrain. ”

Les Echos quoted Marc Bodin, director of powertrain strategy, as saying: “We are studying the gradual introduction of hybrids in our range by 2020.”

The spokesman also said the group is developing and researching a wide range of hybrid technologies, including a full hybrid drivetrain. He added Renault is also researching the possibility to add hybrid technologies to its affordable Dacia division.

“We want to make our technologies accessible, so we would, of course, offer a hybrid Dacia model as an affordable hybrid alternative if Renault were to ever decide to launch hybrid cars,” said the spokesperson.

The final production version of the Initiale Paris concept could become Renault’s premier attempt at a passenger vehicle with a hybrid drivetrain, according to the report in Les Echos. The concept was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show last month and previews the future replacement for the Espace MPV.

Via Automotive News, Les Echos